Gift-giving has become a significant part of our culture, but somewhere along the way, the true essence of gift-giving seems to have been overshadowed. Instead of focusing on the thoughtful act of showing our affection and appreciation for others, gift-giving has turned into a race to outdo one another. I will never forget my mother teaching me to always say thank you, no matter what was given to me, the value was the thought behind the gift, not the gift. I am grateful to have learned the lesson, at a young age I can to value the meaning of a gift more than the gift.
Set a Budget and Stick to It:
It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of finding the perfect gift, but it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. Gift-giving should not become a financial burden or competition. By setting a realistic budget, we ensure that the act of giving remains joyful and stress-free. It’s the thought behind the gift that truly matters, not its price tag.
The True Purpose of Gift-Giving:
At its core, gift-giving is a heartfelt gesture to show our feelings towards another person. It’s not about flaunting our wealth or impressing others, but rather about the genuine emotions and appreciation we want to convey. By keeping this in mind, we can focus on selecting gifts that reflect our true sentiments, making the experience more meaningful for both the giver and the receiver.
Reflecting the Personality and Interests of the Recipient:
A thoughtful gift is one that reflects the recipient’s personality, interests, and preferences. It shows that we have taken the time to understand and appreciate who they are. When choosing a gift, consider their hobbies, favorite activities, and the little things they enjoy. A truly personalized gift demonstrates how well we know the person and highlights the effort put into making them feel special.
Avoid Buying Items for New Hobbies Without Being Asked:
While it may seem tempting to introduce someone to a new hobby by buying them all the necessary equipment, it’s important to exercise caution in this area. Unless specifically requested, it’s best to avoid purchasing items related to a new hobby. Instead, focus on their existing interests and find something that complements them. Surprise them with a gift that aligns with their passions, rather than forcing a new one upon them.
The Importance of Knowing the Person Well:
The best gifts come from a deep understanding of the person we are giving to. It’s not about simply fulfilling an obligation or going through the motions. When we truly know someone, we can choose gifts that resonate with them on a personal level. It’s the small details that matter – their favorite color, book, or a childhood memory. These thoughtful gestures show that we have invested time and energy into our relationship, strengthening the bond between us.
Gift-giving should be a heartfelt expression of our love, appreciation, and understanding of the people we hold dear. By setting and sticking to a budget, focusing on the true purpose of gift-giving, reflecting their personality and interests, considering their hobbies, and getting to know them well, we can make the act of giving gifts a genuinely meaningful and personal experience. It’s time to reclaim the true essence of gift-giving – a heartfelt gesture that brings joy and strengthens the bonds between us all.
Remember, it’s not the extravagance of the gift that matters, but the love and thought behind it.
Sara Orellana is a former Lawton resident who now lives in Oklahoma City.