Giving gifts to family and friends for the New Year is a good old tradition. But when choosing a present, you need to remember that there is an unspoken list of what should not be given. Knowing the list of "unwanted gifts" you will please your loved ones with really useful and pleasant gifts.
For a beautiful woman who carefully monitors her appearance, it is better not to give ready-made cosmetic kits, which are simply littered with supermarket shelves on the eve of the holidays. Perfumes, even high-quality and expensive ones, can also become an unsuccessful option. Cosmetics and perfumes are a very individual "story", there is a great risk of donating unnecessary funds.
Live gifts (cats, dogs, decorative rabbits) are an absolute taboo. An exception is a preliminary agreement or if you buy such a "surprise" for yourself or your child, after fully considering the consequences and realizing all the pros and cons of such a presentation.
It's a very bad idea to give cheap souvenirs - symbols of the year. This includes calendars, figurines, toys, fridge magnets. As a last resort, they can be attached to the main gift.
A set of underwear, even the most luxurious one, as a gift is allowed only from the "second half". Otherwise, it will look inappropriate at best, and at worst perceived as sexual harassment.
Unusual antiques will be appreciated only by fans and collectors of the rarity. People who are far from this topic may simply not understand the beauty and true value of the gift.
Paintings, figurines and other interior items may not fit into the overall style of the house. Even if the owner thanks you for the gift, this is not a guarantee that it will not either be donated or go to gather dust in the pantry.
As for books, this is a great gift, you can find simply luxurious editions on sale. The only condition is that the book must be interesting to the recipient and be suitable for him by age.
Useful household gifts for hostesses look very doubtful. It is unlikely that a woman will appreciate new curtains in the hall or a set of pans as a New Year's gift, unless she herself has asked for them in advance. The exception is high-quality household appliances: a coffee machine, a multifunctional mixer or an oven.
The next point is useless gifts that do not correspond to either the age or the hobbies of the person. For example, a CD with modern songs for a grandfather or a stationery set for a man who does exclusively physical work. The same category includes clothes and shoes that are not suitable either in style or in size to the gift.
With regard to children's gifts, everything is much simpler and more complicated at the same time. The ideal option is to find out from the parents in advance what the child is hobbying for and what he dreams about. Otherwise, you can go the beaten path and choose a typically "boy" or "girl" gift. The main thing is safety and age limit. Also, do not test the strength of the parents' nervous system by giving the baby noisy toys (a set of drums, pipes or whistles).
Hand-made things are also a very dubious present. Not everyone loves manual creativity and can appreciate it.
In the category of taboo gifts, a special place is occupied by "tactless things". For example, "anti-wrinkle cream" from a best friend or a set of household chemicals from a mother-in-law. Gifts should not be overly personal or overly subtle.