We all have a range of celebrations and events in our lives that involve giving gifts. When considering hostess gifts, we all know to develop a collection of varied items such as wine, specialty food items, beauty essentials, and perhaps even a few luxury goods for when the event calls for it.
But when it comes to personal gifts, many people find themselves at a loss. The key is to remember that it truly is the thought that counts, so spending a bit of time thinking about your gift will make all the difference.
The most important step in selecting a gift is also the most simple: to listen. Listen to the people in your life. Listen to learn what their interests are, how they are spending their time, and what they are hoping to do. By listening, you can keep an ongoing list of ideas or notes to reference when the appropriate occasion calls for it.
Leave yourself enough time.
An unfortunate gift is often simply the result of poor planning. You do not need to acquire gifts months in advance, although some people certainly do, yet do not expect that the perfect gift will jump out at you the day before an occasion without any thought. By leaving yourself enough time before an event, you can select the right gift with care.
Consider your budget.
Your budget is not simply an assessment of how much you can afford to spend. When selecting a gift, consider what will be comfortable for the other person to receive. Your intention should be to delight, not to leave your loved one feeling unable to reciprocate.
Select from the heart.
You may decide to give a purchased item, a handmade piece, an event to experience, or perhaps a subscription to enjoy. Whatever you select, consider your recipient’s interests first, rather than your own. The best gifts feel personal to the receiver, regardless of your own impressions of them.
The presentation is the figurative and literal bow on top of your gift. Everyone appreciates a thoughtfully prepared package as it shows that you have taken extra care and thought. You do not need to be extravagant. Simple wrapping with a thoughtful card can make anyone’s day.
If you believe that the joy is in the giving, rather than the recognition and the reciprocation, you can create a lifetime of wonderful sharing memories.
Sarah Carey is The Glamorous Housewife Etiquette Expert. You can read more about her here.