Gift box

When you see an item you think a friend or family member absolutely must have, do not buy it unless it’s an item he or she has clearly articulated is wanted or needed.

Instead, take a photo of the item and text it to the person with a simple, “This made me think of you!” The person will appreciate the thought, and he or she will also appreciate that you did not buy it, thus adding to their collection of personal belongings to manage and store.

If he or she writes back excitedly asking where you are and if the item is available, then (and only then) should you buy it. We all have way too much stuff as it is, and as funny or touching as a gift might be when it’s first opened, those feelings are often fleeting, then the gifted item is placed in a drawer, a closet, or a box.