Tips on buying gifts (Originally Published with

In Business, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on May 4, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I have not ever found it too difficult to find gifts for people, with the exception of my Dad who is impossible to buy gifts for. Mainly because he does not tend to even accept them. Recently, I found myself in a situation of needing to buy a gift for a special person in my life – my niece.

At first, I was going to buy her a book. She is turning 1 and I am looking forward to the day when I can hear her read for herself. The book I was going to get her was E. B. White’s Stuart Little.

I took that book out of the library of one of the places where I teach and it and did not find it to be as enthralling as Charlotte’s Web done by the same author. Plus, the more I thought about it – my sister and her husband are loaded with “stuff” for my niece. I did not think they really needed another inanimate object – except one thing everyone tends to need. That is money.

So, I deciding to follow my Dad’s lead of getting a card and putting money in it – I set out to Loblaws to find a card. As usual, I saw someone there who was picking through different cards – trying to decide which one was best. This too, I have not tended to find a problem with, until now.

There was not a wide selection of cards available for aunts looking for one for their niece. The small selection Loblaws did have was good. I did not spend too long, however I could not decide between two cards. So, I decided to buy both of them.

This could be a tip for many of you out there. If you are having a hard time buying a card for a loved one, why not buy all the ones you like? Considering that with God willing you will have the opportunity to celebrate the special occasion again with this person, you will have cards you can use in the future. Of course – this may not work out well with weddings and anniversaries. The way to solve this would be to choose the blank cards and save yourself a lot of time.

Donna Kakonge is a professor, writer and broadcaster living in Toronto. Her books can be found at

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