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Which Type of Gift Giver Are You?
By Tony Connor

We all approach giving gift for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and other occasions differently.  Some of us are very
organized, some of us let it creep up on us, and some of us remember on the way to the party.  Outlined below are some
character-types when it comes to gift giving.  Which one are you?

    THE STOCKPILER has been known to hoard gifts for several years.  In fact, don't be surprised if any
    gift from them smells somewhat musty and has an FW Woolworth price tag.  They can be seen
    scouring sales racks after Easter and other holidays; or buying in bulk from a discount warehouse just
    before Christmas.  They are actually quite generous in that they give a large number of gifts, but
    tend to care more about how they appear to others rather than about the recipients of those gifts.  
    They could probably use a greeting card organizer if they don't already have one; and they probably
    have a gift closet or even a gift room!

    THE ORGANISER tends to know by heart the birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates of
    their relatives and friends.  This doesn’t stop them from entering the information into a database on  
    their PC – particularly as it makes printing out the addresses easier.  A greeting card organizer is a
thing from the past here – they have the latest greeting card computer program plus a wide range of paper types.  They generally
have decided on a gift well before the event and quite probably have it wrapped with paper from their gift closet.  Their greatest
achievement was to convince everyone in the office to put everyone’s birthday in a file on the company LAN.

THE OVERTHINKER agonizes over every gift they give.  They are quite often last-minute shoppers simply
because they can’t make their mind up.  They can be seen rushing from store to store looking for that hard
to get item they finally decided on.  They remember who gave what to whom years back and tend to over-
complicate their life in general.

THE LAST-MINUTER is different from the Overthinker in that they deliberately leave it until the day before (or even on the way!)
and refuse to think about the gift until then.  They can be seen at the mall or large stores on Christmas Eve with numerous bags
of stuff.  They certainly don’t buy online – well, except for flowers of course, now that you can order same day!

    THE FORGETFUL ONE knows when everyone’s birthday is within a season or two.  If they do actually
    get a gift well in advance they will probably forget to bring it on the day.  They NEED a greeting card
    organizer….but they’d probably lose it.  They are gleefully welcomed by the proprietors of mini-marts
    and gas stations, being their main revenue source for greetings cards, gift cards from obscure stores,
    boxes of chocolates and those DVDs with a particularly thick covering of dust.  Every week they thank
    their God for the invention of gift cards.

THE CRAFTER doesn’t believe that it’s a true gift unless at least part of it has had work put into it.  They don't need greeting card
organizers being able to make a card out of some old newspaper, ribbon and dog hair.  They are famous for their Christmas
sweaters and spare bathroom tissue holders.  The pure Crafters also make their own wrapping paper.

THE DELEGATOR knows when birthdays etc. are but has no interest in what they actually give.  They pass on the choice of gift to
their significant other, siblings, secretary etc.  If they do have to get a gift it’s almost always a pre-paid credit card, and the
greeting card is from the local grocery store, mini-mart or gas station.

Tony Connor has been a forgetful last-minuter for many, many years.  That didn’t stop him starting a
website,, with gift suggestions for everyone.  If shopping were a sport, his wife
would certainly be on the US Olympic team with a good chance of a gold medal;  and an automatic spot
on “Dancing With The Stars”.