No, no, no. Bourke Accounting will not bombard you endlessly with holiday talk for the next three months. You’ll be getting enough of that soon and Bourke doesn’t want to be part of the problem. And yet, and yet there is one more little thing to think about regarding the upcoming festivities…

A lot of Americans have been experiencing less than lucrative states lately. When funds are tight, it’s never more obvious or stress-inducing than when the gift-giving season rolls around. Even during normal years, most of us don’t seriously muse, “Hmmm…I got Chad the Jag last year…I guess I’ll just have to go with the Tesla this year.” Because disposable income has become an endangered species, we have to make our present choices really count. Meaningful and inexpensive gifts take imagination, but it is not an impossible effort. To make it a little easier, Bourke Accounting would like you to contemplate the gifts that you should absolutely, under no circumstance, never, never, ever consider:

1) Adult, intimate, fun-time bedroom accessories (when you are not one of the invited guests). No matter how desperately you’d like a grandchild, there is no good possible outcome with this choice. At best, you’ll get a surprised/embarrassed giggle, followed by, “Oh, you are so bad,” further followed by awkward silence. At worst, the recipients might actually use your contribution out of misplaced obligation. And they will, no doubt, however briefly, think of you. If that’s your goal, you have more issues than a simple accounting blog can assist with. A gift of this sort does not make you quirky and unpredictable – it makes you creepy. Don’t be the creepy, would-be grandparent.

2) Household appliances. Unless the beneficiary has expressed an undying need for a touchscreen toaster, don’t do it. The problem with buying appliances for someone (this is especially true for significant others) is the unspoken expectation that the recipient will eventually use it to benefit you in some capacity. By mid-January, that misplaced obligation will kick in again and you will receive a cake or your overgrown hedges will be magnanimously trimmed. However, there might also be a little bit of resentment thrown in with your lemon raspberry sugar cookies. Appliances simply scream responsibility and effort; don’t give gifts that, by their very nature, require work.

3) Clothes. Unless you really know the taste and size of your intended receiver, avoid something as subjective as clothing. If you buy too big, you run the risk of offending; if you buy too small, you could potentially humiliate the person. In a worst-case scenario, the person could then strive to fit into this inappropriate garment – again, avoid gifts that carry responsibility. Even if you know the size, are you sure about the style? Are you sure you’re buying something the recipient would like or are you unconsciously buying what you think would look good? Most people are too polite to say they hate a gift. In addition, these same people will wear an article when they know the giver will be in attendance. Don’t do this to your loved ones. They never asked for hot pink/fluorescent green argyle.

We all know that it’s the thought that counts; anyone you so generously give to should accept the offering with grace. However, wouldn’t it be nice to give a gift that will really be appreciated? Know your audience and don’t get freaky.

Bourke Accounting doesn’t know what to get you this year. Since we don’t know your size, Bourke Accounting will just have to settle with giving you the best bookkeeping and tax preparation services in Louisville. Although financial security is great all year ‘round, Bourke Accounting knows that it’s most appreciated during the holidays – stop in today and see what Bourke can do for you.

Come see us any time. Our number is 502-451-8773 and don’t forget to visit our website at www.bourkeaccounting.com. See you soon!

Written by Sue H.