I bought my partner a set of really good – and very sharp – kitchen knives for Christmas. And she was really pleased – lots of brownie points for yours truly!
However, she tells me that it’s really bad karma to give knives as presents (apparently, they can forecast, or even bring about “accidents”). A similar principle applies to giving handkerchiefs – they bring about tears!
The way out of this pickle? Easy! Pay for such presents. Just a nominal amount – enough to balance out the karma and counter the impression that the present is a gift. If one pays the giver then it is purchase and not a present. Conscience and karma salved.