ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GIVING GIFTS
The Modern Tradition of Giving Gifts
We have kept the tradition of giving gifts very diligently and it has become even more common than ever before. Another great thing about giving gifts is that we also exchange gifts much more often than our ancestors.
People have many more occasions to gift things and sometimes we do not even wait for a special occasion and we literally give whatever we find suitable for the receiver.
We can count from little things like a greeting card, flowers, box of chocolates or toys to more crazy expensive ones like jewelry, cars or even houses.
Some of us like to give visual things like flowers or art where else others choose to give more practical gifts like clothing, instruments, electronics or anything that could be of use.
Importance of the Right Choice of the Gifts
It is important to make the right choice while gifting something to another person. Think about yourself how happy you are while receiving a well matched gift; it feels even better if it matched your expectations. The whole concept is to make someone happy on their special day or to make someone feel special.
Sometimes we don’t know what to buy for the celebrating person and we end up searching for something that we think may suit the other person’s taste. It often happens in these kinds of situations that we just search for anything that will create a positive impact and to have a surprise factor in it.
I am sure you must have experienced receiving a gift that did not match your expectation but you still accepted it just to make the person offering you the gift feel good! This is why it is important to choose a gift that has some real depth to it in especially in relation to the person receiving it. Otherwise, what’s the point!
The Importance of Being Unique
Being unique matters more than price of the present.
When we don’t have any idea for a gift which happens to all of us from time to time we go through hundreds of all kinds of products in order to find the unique one. Mostly we want the gift to look great and if it’s practical then it’s even better.
So this is the moment I would like to add something to it. How about if the gift has a meaning, a deep meaning that will resonate with the lucky receiver? When there is a story behind it, it will create even more positive impact. It is like adding an extra value to the already existing product just because it’s got a meaning.
Well a kitchen blender may have also a meaning and can carry a message like a suggestion that perhaps it’s time to start blending some fruits and veggies and become healthier but we don’t mean that.
We are talking about something deeper that may even awaken a hero in another person or may bring a great amount of motivational boost to make one happy, healthy or successful.
How Exchanging Gifts Connects People
Interpersonal relationships are essential to one’s well-being and gifts are often given to cultivate these relationships. They serve as means to enhance these essential connections. The real deal here is to intensify positive emotions. Research on relationships highlights emotion to be a key feature in relationship development and maintenance.
Disclosing one’s emotions to another has been found to make the other feel closer than disclosing facts and information. Also greater emotional intensity has been found to reduce perceived psychological distance. This means that a gift that evokes greater emotion should be more effective at improving relationships.
Some observations in qualitative research shows that a gift exchange can be highly emotional, it is important to keep an eye on the emotion evoked during the gift exchange. Remember this moment when you received a gift that got you really emotional!
Gifts Don’t Have to be Expensive to Create a Positive Impact
By giving a gift to someone, attention is deflected from their problems and stresses, and makes them feel as if they are making a positive impact on the life of someone else.
A carefully curated care package is one of the most thoughtful and impactful gifts a person can give or receive and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all. The thoughtful idea of sharing loving wishes and having a true meaning attached to your present is the most precious feeling you can create in another person.
We can buy a lot of things in the world but mostly they are physical items and yes, they can create a lot of joy however it is the feeling you create by gifting something and that doesn’t have to cost much.
The intention of giving the gift is of much higher value emotionally than any other form of expensive gadget. Sometimes we tend to measure our wealth status by showing that we can afford to buy a certain souvenir even though the price is very high especially when it comes to buying something trendy or newly released (must have) products as per the societal norms.
This concept is slowly changing because many people realize that there are plenty of not so useful but ‘trendy’ gadgets in the market and after a short period of time the so called must-have product becomes not as fashionable as it used to be and it ends up in a storage room.
There are short time trends and long-time trends. With us becoming more and more of consumers only, short time trend is very common in today’s world. Our buying habits have totally changed thanks to media and advertising! We keep on buying new and new stuff just because they are trendy without even thinking that we may never even use those products.
Just like having the latest IPhone that is so cool that you must have however there will be a release of even newer version of the same product within next few months. The long-time trend is a concept of change in people’s interests, their behavior and needs.
It takes years for such concept to become a trend mostly because it is not promoted as much as an IPhone however if you search for trendy key words like ‘awakening’, ‘awareness’, ‘uplifting’, ‘holistic’, ‘conscious’ then you may notice the number of people searching for products or services related to those topics is growing and this is where you may want to consider your next shopping.
How to Double the Impact by Sharing a Meaningful Message
We have slightly limited ourselves by looking at what is new in the market by following the media instead of focusing on our own desires and those things we really want in life.
What are the most common desires of human beings then? Certainly its wealth, health and abundance but there are also very important factors to it which is what we expect from having it all.
Do we want to be happy? Yes.
Do we want to feel secure? Yes.
Do we want to enjoy the life by being healthy and fit? Yes.
We can have it all; however it requires a right mind-set towards our desires. If you surround yourself with happy people, sooner or later your happiness level will raise.