12/09/2014 06:26 pm ET Updated Feb 08, 2015

3 Things to Consider Before Giving Clothing as a Gift This Holiday Season

It's that time of year again -- we're all busy holiday shopping. A great deal of time, energy and money is being spent buying gifts to give our loved ones to enjoy.

Have you already purchased or are you considering the purchase of clothing as a gift to give an adult or adolescent?

In the midst of your wonderful intent can you think back to a time that you received clothing as a gift that you knew you would never wear (well, not until you saw the person who gave you the gift next), yet felt a sense of obligation to keep, or worse, to wear? This is definitely an awkward position to be in and one you want the receiver of your gift to avoid.

Here are 3 things you should consider before giving clothing as a gift to an adult or adolescent to ensure your clothing choice will bring out the receiver's best energy.

1. Do you know the color and style requirements of the person you are giving the gift to? These are extremely important details to know before purchasing clothing for someone else. Includes the following key elements:
  • Colors they would like to wear
  • How they would like to dress to maximize their body silhouette, lifestyle and personality
  • Accurate sizing
  • What patterns and fabrics align best with them

2. Has the receiver already tried the item on or will they have an opportunity to try the item on before you expect them to commit? Trying clothing on before committing to it is always a must. This key step allows the receiver of the gift to examine how they feel in the garment (example confident, excited), how others will perceive them and whether the garment is giving off their best.

3. Will the receiver of the gift mind and/or have the time to return the gift? If you are not 100 percent certain about color, size and style requirements and if the receiver of the gift has not tried on an item before purchase, it is not unreasonable to expect that the gift may need to be returned. Typically, lineups at most stores are even longer after the Holidays because of returns as well.

Now you have 3 things you should consider before giving clothing as a gift to an adult or adolescent.

By considering all of the elements above, you will avoid wasting your time, energy and money on a purchase that more often than not looks better on the hanger.

I hope this blog post inspires you to wear your authenticity!

Carol Brailey Image Consulting
Inspiring Individuals to Wear Their Authenticity