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21 Things You Know If You're Actually Incredible At Giving Gifts

It's both a blessing and a curse.

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1. Gift giving is the only competitive sport you truly care about.

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Obviously, gift giving is not about winning, but if it was, you’d win.

2. You take it as a personal challenge when someone says “I don’t mind” when you ask what gifts they want.

You'll find something they didn't even realise they wanted, damn it.

3. You spend the whole year closely listening to people casually mention things they like or are interested in, and then make a mental note.

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4. Which means by Black Friday, you already know what presents to get and you’re pretty organised.

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5. So you literally cannot relate to people who leave Christmas shopping to the very last minute.

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6. And you’re always surprised by the fact people do not make continuous mental notes of the hints you give them.

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How many more times must I mentioned that I like cacti?????

7. When somebody’s stuck on what to get a loved one, you usually have the perfect solution even if you don’t know them very well.

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8. And you’ve often wondered how you can make a career out of this very unique skillset.

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9. Gift-giving isn't something you reserve for special occasions, either.

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Someone is feeling sad? You'll get them a gift. Someone invited you over for dinner? Gift! Seeing someone for the first time in a while? Gift!!!

10. Christmas is one of your favourite times of the year because it involves buying multiple presents for several people.

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11. You’re even a total pro at gift-wrapping.

12. You almost definitely have a *theme* or style.

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13. You don’t mind getting stuck in with a handmade gift instead of buying something.

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14. You're far more generous when it comes to spending on other people than you are with yourself.

15. But with such a great ~gift~ for gift-giving comes a great curse, because the presents people give you can’t possibly match up to the ones you give them.

me as a gift-giver: 8 months ago I heard you mention your favorite author. I wrote them a letter and got you a firs… https://t.co/fHoE9lU3Hn

So you're always left a bit disappointed.

16. And you’ve set the bar so high for yourself that it gets more and more difficult to outdo yourself every year.

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17. You’ve considered doing all the legwork and sending your loved ones an email with links to all the things you want.

My wife is not sending me links to Christmas gifts this year and says I must pick out something for her on my own. I think I’m being set up.

18. Despite winning every Secret Santa, you’re always aware that you’ll likely get some tat in exchange for your thoughtful present.

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Like a dancing Santa toy, which literally no one needs and you will have to pack away a week later, anyway.

19. When it comes to birthdays, your loved ones get a little stressed out buying things for you, because you pushed the boat out with theirs.

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20. Nothing gives you a greater kick than seeing the reaction on peoples’ faces when they open a gift from you and are truly delighted.

It’s even better when you see that they still use it many months or even years later.
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It’s even better when you see that they still use it many months or even years later.

21. Because gift-giving is as much for you as it is for them.

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