Make Gift Shopping Easy With The ‘Want, Wear, Need, Read’ Rubric

Make Gift Shopping Easy With The ‘Want, Wear, Need, Read’ Rubric

If you’re having a hard time picking out gifts for the important people in your life, this simple rubric can help you narrow things down.

Photo by Sean MacEntee.

Buying gifts is supposed to be fun and make you feel good, but it often turns into a stressful ordeal. That’s why Taryn Williford at Apartment Therapy recommends you narrow each person’s list down to four main categories:

  • Want: Get them something fun that you might think they’d want.
  • Wear: Get them something nice that you think they’d wear (get a gift receipt just in case.)
  • Need: Get them something they’d use or that they have been in need of.
  • Read: Get them something

Instead of one big gift that they may or may not love, they will get four smaller gifts that cover all the bases. No matter what, they will be happy — and that will make you happy and less stressed out.

Simplify Your Gift Giving This Year with Four Words [Apartment Therapy]


  • Don’t get anyone under the age of 25 something to wear unless they’ve asked for it. Nothing more disappointing than unwrapping underwear.

    My niece’s other granny gave her 3 pretty dresses for her 3rd birthday and my 4 year old (at the time) nephew loudly said, “But where’s her present?” Out of the mouths of babes.

    I always give my niece and nephews a book and a toy. I always write in the cover of the book who it was for and why and that it was from me. Lucky too as my youngest nephew got upset at his brother’s birthday and said Aunty never gives me a book and his mother was able to go to the bookshelf and pull out all the ones I’d given him and say, “See? To Matt from Aunty”

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