Do you have friends or family who always seem to give the perfect gift? Here are 7 Tips Gifting Tips:
It is more than just the physical exchange of objects.
It’s a way to communicate and send a meaningful message saying, “I appreciate and care about you”.
Have you ever received a gift and thought “What was he/she thinking?”
The saying “Actions speak louder than words” rings true for gift giving. It is not the cost or the financial value of the gift that counts. It is thoughtfulness.
A poorly chosen gift implies a lack of thought and can be taken as an insult that the giver couldn’t be bothered to think about the gift. Harsh words but if you cannot give some thought to the gift, no gift at all can be better than a poorly chosen gift or worse still an obvious ‘recycle.d gift’
Trying to find the perfect gift whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas that expresses how much you care can be frustrating: nobody likes wandering around the mall on the day before the event, searching desperately for inspiration.
But honestly, anyone can give a thoughtful gift — all it takes is a little perceptiveness and some creativity.
Our top 7 tips for mastering the art of meaningful gifting, will earn you the accolade of “Best Gift Giver Ever!”
Watch & Learn
You know you are going to have to give your friends or family a gift or gifts at some point.
The first rule of meaningful gift-giving is observation. Pay attention to what friends and loved ones say and what their interests are. People are constantly dropping hints about what their likes and dislikes are, often when you least expect it! Would they like something useful, or something decorative? Something for the house, or something for themselves? When they say something, take note. That way when you see something that would fit, you know right away.
Thoughtful gift-givers understand the circumstances of their recipients. People don’t always ask for what they want (or even realize that they need it), but by paying attention to what would make their life easier or what needs replacing, you can almost always pick the perfect unique gift.
Not considering who you’re giving to is a sure-fire way to have an awkward gifting experience. By matching your gift to their unique personality sends a message that says you care about who they are. Trendsetters may enjoy different gifts than fitness fanatics. Your workaholic friend might like an overnight stay somewhere nice, or a spa experience, while your friend who loves to entertain might appreciate a set of beautiful pillar candles — you get the idea.
Give for good luck
Gifting for a housewarming or graduation is your way of wishing the recipient good fortune and prosperity. The lazy go-to is a bottle of wine which is soon consumed and forgotten. A great idea is to tap into the myths and symbolism associated with auspiciousness and good luck — and get creative! If you decide to go with something like this, be sure to share the myth or symbolism otherwise the cute owl you present (which are thought to bring protection and good fortune) may just get you labelled as the weird owl person.
Support a Cause
Society is far more conscious and especially for those who have everything; are minimalist or are anti gifts, give them a gift that supports a good cause or make a donation in their name to a cause or charity that’s near to their hearts.
There are many ways to give back to the world while giving to people you love!
Hobbies are a great go-to, but with a health warning.
If your friend absolutely adores elephants, chances are that she has more generic elephant-themed items than she knows what to do with. Think outside the box and do something unique, like sponsoring an elephant sanctuary in her name, finding an elephant sculpture or one of Sarah Boulton’s exquisite original elephant line drawings that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Some people just don’t need or want more stuff. They appreciate TIME.
Especially parents, why not offer to watch their kids for a night so they can have some time to themselves or help them with their next home improvement project. Give the gift of your expertise — nothing says “I care” like sharing your skills to give them the best!
My eldest daughter is a photographer and has been known to treat her friends to the gift of a model shoot where they get all dressed up and they spend the afternoon snappy away with snacks and drinks.
Give an experience
Experiences also make great non-material gifts, especially if they have a keen interest like fine wines or whiskey; treat them to a pairing or tasting. If they love the outdoors, skydiving or a wildlife conservation experience – try our RRhino Moon weekends. Again, it all depends on your recipient and what her interests are.
Meaningful gifts are the best gifts
There are so many options when it comes to presents that show how much you care. So when it comes to giving, don’t settle for the fruits of aimless mall-wandering. Find your loved ones the meaningful gifts they deserve!
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