Avoid Giving These 4 Gifts for Christmas Unless You Want to Make Your Recipient Poorer | Singapore Informer

My idea of a great Christmas gift is anything that lets me spend less in the coming year. This means gifts of toilet paper, supermarket vouchers and offers to foot my medical insurance bill are all welcome, despite their low Romantic Quotient scores. But that’s just me. Now, I’m not saying you should do your Christmas shopping at NTUC. But on behalf of broke Singaporeans everywhere, please for the love of Santa Claus don’t buy your recipients stuff that will make them poorer—there is already enough in Singapore to empty our pockets. Here are four types of gifts to avoid. Pets You might have heard your loved one coo over one too many cat videos on YouTube or express a fervent desire to become part of a pug meetup group. But whatever you do, resist the urge to head to the SPCA or, worse, a breeder to pick up a fluffy bundle of joy for your recipient. Even if the pet is adopted from a shelter and comes vaccinated, sterilised and so on, your recipient is going to face the financial burden of taking it for regular check ups, feeding it and footing the countless other expenses that come with pet ownership. If your recipient is craving some cuteness, get them to download Neko Atsume instead. Vouchers at expensive shops A $20 voucher at Louis Vuitton is about as useful as tax rebates when your income is $800 a month. While vouchers can be a quick and easy way to get something your recipient is unlikely to absolutely hate, choose the store with care. Just because you think Chanel sells lovely items that you would like to own doesn’t mean you should get your friend a voucher there unless you’re certain she…

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