The joy of gifting!
The joy of gifting!
The social construct of gifting giving and the holiday season go hand in hand. An age old tradition, the history behind why we give gifts during Christmas rises from when the three wise men gave Jesus the gifts of Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh, each with a particular significance. Over generations, this act of bringing something special for your loved ones, has evolved to be associated with familial ties, strong bonds, generosity, kindness and has become a very crucial part of what the holidays symbolize. So much so, research shows that gift exchange is one of the oldest and most widespread ways for people to communicate. Nevertheless, history, facts and research aside, shopping for the people you love should not be seen as a chore but rather as an involuntary gesture of love that comes straight from the heart and shows how much they mean to you. However, while making someone feel special is more than enough reason to make you give more, thinking of the perfect gift to give can become quite stressful. The need to be unique yet find something that appropriately showcases affection and understanding can be quite a difficult task. With less than a week left for Christmas, this ultimate holiday shopping list will ensure that you’re one hack away from absolutely perfecting the act of gift giving.
You can never have too many holiday greeting cards during this time. Few things effectively communicate how much the other person means to you than a well worded card with a message that comes straight from the heart. And if you’re worried about variety, then you’re in luck, because holiday greeting cards some by the dozen, so, don’t forget to stock up. They say that action speaks louder than words, and there’s no better way to say you appreciate someone than through a heartfelt wish that are a bit of both.
Tactical & Practical
Sometimes, gifts aren’t meant to be fancy and extravagant. Sometimes, they are mean to be tactical and practical, comprising things that one actually needs rather than those that can only be used as a showpiece. Tactical and practical gifts also go a long way in telling the person receiving the gift that you well and truly know them and is something that’ll put a bigger smile on their faces than anything else would. Besides, what better way to show affection than letting your friends and family know that you understand their needs!
As far as plants go, they make for festive holiday gifts. Thoughtful, quaint, life-affirming and open to customization, plants are an eco-friendly alternative to otherwise very materialistic things. They are easy to take care of, they are super versatile and can be used in multiple ways. They make your house look great and you can make them last for more than just a few months! So, this holiday season, let your love grow and make sure that plants and everything green is a part off your ultimate shopping list.
Who said gifts have to be large and fancy all the time? It’s not how big you go or how much you spend that matters, it’s the thought behind the present that counts. Quaint little trinkets with personalized elements like a commemorative date, an inside joke or an engraved picture of the people who were in it are great gifts. Big things come in small packages, and if you’re looking to create the ultimate shopping list for the people you love this season, then trinkets should be a part of it, well deserved that too.
Handmade & Homemade
Definitely saved the best for the last because nothing screams holiday or ‘I love you’ than a gift that you’ve made with your own hands. Homemade and handmade gifts are perfect for many reasons. When you give something that you’ve handmade you can choose to create a one-of-a-kind gift that is unique to that person that is personalized and that reflects a little bit of your personality as well. So, this holiday season, stock up on grandma’s best recipes, mason jars, ribbons, piping bags, DIY kits and you’ll see that you’ll no longer be busting your head over that one person who is just ‘too hard to buy for’!
Now that you have your ultimate holiday shopping list ready, it’s time to make gifting ultra special this year!