In addition to the necessary food and fun, the holidays also include gifts. And coming up with a suitable present is quite a task, according to a survey by Staatsloterij among 1,043 Dutch people. 1 in 5 respondents frankly admit that they sometimes receive a present that they secretly do not want.
While about half of people politely accept such a well-intentioned gift, more than a third put it on the shelf never to look at it again. A third of the Dutch pass the gifts on to someone else without batting an eyelid as a birthday present, while a quarter even take it to the thrift store.
Another idea: The Netherlands has various exchange shops and sites. For example, the Humanitas foundation has the option of handing in your unwanted gifts in their Swap Shop. In exchange, you get points, which you can use to purchase other goods. Although you can also use them in a more practical way: for having that one job done that has been done for so long.
Don’t you need something in return? Then there are also Giveaway shops and opportunities. Something Angelique Outshoorn-Fens already uses: “I’ll put it on the Giveaway group on Facebook. I’d rather make someone happy with something they probably can’t afford than let it go to waste.” Sonja de Kreij keeps it and give it to someone who can use it. “I don’t throw it away.”
Get rid of the cheap perfume
In the top 3 of gifts from which the Dutch are least happy during the holidays, cheap scents (42.8 percent) are by far the number one, closely followed by the Christmas sweater (40.1 percent) and Christmas tableware (34 percent). , according to the research.
What makes us happy then? More than half of the Dutch indicate that a nice outing – such as a weekend away, a visit to an event, amusement park or a nice dinner – is the ultimate gift during the holidays. In addition, electronics, such as a new telephone or tablet, are most liked by 3 out of 10 people, followed by books and magazines (26.3%), home accessories (21.6%) and a state lottery ticket (21.4%). ).
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More than 55 percent admit that they would rather receive money or a gift card. Although more than 30 percent secretly would prefer to pick out their gifts themselves, 46.4 percent think it is rude to ask the giver for the receipt
Do you want to arrive with the right gift as a giver? Then put yourself in the receiver. What does that person like? If it’s a sports fanatic, think in that direction. If it is more of a Burgundian, then a gift is also easily found. Do you know that the person you are buying for is engaged in conscious living? Then give an experience as a gift, because he or she is not waiting for more material possessions.