It’s Xmas morning. You rush out in your PJs to find a huge box waiting for you, wrapped next to the tree. You peel back the adorable snowman wrapping paper to reveal a sexy new flat-panel TV. After the dust has settled, coffee consumed, and the mounds of wrapping paper thrown away, it’s time to get started hooking it up so you can watch the A Christmas Story marathon with the fam. But…
Oops. You don’t have the right cable.
Oops. You don’t have the proper mount.
Oops. You can’t operate the remote because you don’t have AAA batteries.
Avoid these embarrassing blunders when giving the electronic gifts this season. Here are our tips for technology gift-giving etiquette.
Include Batteries–Most every remote calls for a battery. Wrap some AA or AAAs in with your tech gift, and delight in the fact that everyone thinks you’re the most thoughtful person around.
Read the Box–You don’t know what is inside till you take a peek at the packaging. Can’t figure it out? Go the extra step and ask the salesperson at your local retailer for help to make sure that everything you need is included. Without a simple HDMI cable, for example, you’re dreams of big-screen glory may have to wait until the stores open tomorrow.
Consider the Extras–If you are buying a big-ticket item for a family member or friend, don’t assume that they are going to be able to accommodate it. For example, a flat-panel TV will require a mount of some sort for your loved one to actually get it up on the wall. They can be expensive and installation isn’t necessarily something the average Joe can accomplish. Consider extras like purchasing the mount, setting up the installation, or even hooking them up with a calibration afterward so they can get it all dialed in correctly.
Protect the Purchase–How many times have you shrugged off the sales clerk when he or she asks you if you’d like to purchase the extended warrantee? We’ve all been there, but for a gift, it’s the considerate thing to do. You don’t want your mom donating her TV to Goodwill, only to find that there is something wrong with the one you gave her and there is nothing she can do to fix it. A surge protector is also a good idea, protecting the purchase from potentially devastating electrical anomalies.