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Gifting Etiquette

By Janet Adetu

How often do you buy a gift for someone? Whether it is for a birthday, wedding, valentine’s day you name it, not everyone is inclined towards buying a gift for someone. At times it could be because they are could not bothered, feel lazy about it, have no clue how to buy a gift or would rather just give money or nothing at all. In the past wedding ceremonies would set aside a segment where you could present your gift to the bride and groom. The queue would be so long with people carrying all kinds of gifts. This was slowly eradicated when couples realized that the average gift of a plastic kitchen utensil was of no use to them. Eventually the request for money instead became acceptable. This has given birth to the norm of buying nothing but giving money to celebrants instead of gifts. Most times I believe for some giving money is a lot more convenient an easier to handle especially when the money you intend to give has a greater significance and worth than any gift you decide to buy.

Is money truly a git?

Gift giving is a true show of appreciation or gratitude to someone who you feel has added one thing or the other to your life. Alternatively like I mentioned earlier it could be giving a gift to someone you admire in celebration of your showing love to them for different reasons.

Gift giving may also alternatively be seen as a way of wanting to be noticed, accepted, recognized or even in some cases showing off. The art of gift giving should be done from the heart bearing in mind the personality, character and status of the recipient. In buying a gift emphasis should not be placed on how expensive the gift is especially for a friend, as this may be deemed the act of wanting to belong hence buying friendship. No matter your reason the presentation of your gift is key to successful gift giving etiquette.

Easy Tips for Gift Giving

The Person:

Consider the person you are buying the gift for first in making a choice of what gift to buy. Imagine what they would like based on their character, image and class. It is a good idea to discover what their hobby may be and buy something that falls in line with that hobby, that way it stands a better opportunity of being appreciated.

Personal Attributes

Try to recognize distinctive personality traits if you know the person well, like favourite colour, tastes or style. If the person is an executive you would look into what would be useful in the office on the desk or for personal use like a pen.

Quality First

Purchase goods that you perceive will have a lasting value that are useful and will linger in the mind of the recipient.  So many gifts are given without looking at its usefulness regardless of price. Let a small gift have greater value and durability than a large gift that will fall apart be uppermost in your mind.

Finished Look

Make your gift stand out in terms of the finished look. Pay attention to the presentation of the gift by way of the wrapping, ribbons and packaging. It is easier to ask the professionals to help you wrap your gift at the place of purchase. Depending on who the gift is for and the occasion this will determine the extravagance of the finished look.

Bespoke

Personalize your gift with a hand written note or attached mini card just to give that extra touch.

Budget

The cost of the gift is not what you should focus on as much as you decide the worth of the person the gift is for. Your gift should not send the wrong message to the recipient, buy with comfort first and not as a substitute to impress.

Presentation

Present your gift with a smile at the most appropriate time. If distance is a barrier you may also use a despatch rider or courier service to help you deliever your gift

As you set out to buy a gift for anyone it is important to remember to watch out for cultural, religious, dietary and health values Not everyone is inclined to drinking alcohol, while some may have allergies to nuts so watch that gift hamper.

The Act of Giving is a worthy cause.

Open the way for receiving by giving!

Goodluck!

Janet.adetu@gmail.com

 

 

 


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