How to buy great gifts this season and all the time. When we give gifts we are either expressing love, affection, appreciation, or gratitude. The main aim of gifting is to bring joy to the receiver. However, the gifting process can be a fraught one with many misses if you don’t follow the principles of gifting.
Here’s how to buy great gifts and have more hits than misses.
Do unto others as you would like done to you.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you….” Matthew 7:12 Don’t gift what you won’t like to receive. Don’t gift below your standard. If you don’t like receiving crap, don’t gift it. That saying, what is crap to one person might be gold to another. However, a great life principle to always follow is, treat people as you would like to be treated.
The widow’s mite is meant for God.
In the story of the widows mite, the widow gave all she had to God. She must have carefully thought about it because in her poor state, she gave all she had. She gave sincerely from the heart. People often say things like, “it’s the thought that counts” when gifting. Well, if the thought really counted, many people would rethink their gifting. Don’t gift something that might end up in the trash can because, “it’s the thought that counts”. Don’t gift a Gucci lover an item from Primark saying that’s what you can afford. Think about the person you’re giving a gift, is the gift appropriate for them? The receiver is not God. A gift doesn’t have to be material. Is there something the person might appreciate other than a material gift? If you can’t afford to buy a gift that is of the standard that the receiver is accustomed to, then do something else that’s thoughtful other than gifting a physical object.
Don’t use your taste to gift.
We often buy things for people because we like the item or the item is something we ourselves would use. When buying gifts for others, don’t do that. We are in the social media age. You can get a lot of information from looking at photos of the person you’re buying a gift for. For example, did your recipient once talk about braking out in hives after coming in contact with roses? Don’t gift flowers! Pay more attention! There is a lot of info from social media posts. Go into the recipients profile and have a quick scan. That saying, you might be buying something for a social media ghost (someone who doesn’t post anything). In that case, hey, it’s a small world! Find and ask someone who’s close to the person for information.
If in doubt give vouchers or cash.
Okay, so this is a tricky one. I’ll say why shortly. Depending on the age of the recipient, some cash or voucher sums must be thought about very carefully. To put it bluntly, £10-£20 is okay birthday for a 10yr old but not for a 50 year old if you can gift better. The tricky bit is when the person isn’t close to you. Which I guess it’s why some people don’t like gifting cash. Cash gifts mean you will probably be spending more because a lone £20 in a envelope might seem small for a certain age. What works a treat is, pooling cash together with mutual friends who have the same type of relationship and gifting a more sizeable sum together.
Use these “how to buy great gifts” principles and you’ll be getting it right most of the time.
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