The Minefield of Gift Giving

Throughout the year, there are so many occasions, which call for a gift to be given, whether it is a birthday, a holiday such as Christmas or Easter, a special occasion or a cause for celebration. We seem to spend more and more time finding gifts for people and celebrations then we ever have before. However, it is not as simple as just finding a gift and giving it, the complexities, which now surround gift giving makes it a challenging task that can work perfectly, well or be an utter disappointment. People are now more vocal about the quality of the gifts they receive or the things they would like, gone is the pure appreciation and gratitude that once was and now demands are made and met which encourages the attitude to remain.

People expect far more than they ever used, whether it is the amount of money, which is spent on the gift, the type of item that is given or the sentimental intentions, which are behind it. Sentimental gifts tend to be the best kind of gift as they receive the most receptive welcome and can be the simplest and most cost effective item to give, it is a win win situation for giver and receiver. and companies of a similar nature can provide ideas and examples as to how to create the ideal sentimental gift that will be personal and adored by that person, the perfect representation of memories shared and interests explored. There is no need to simply stop at the idea of sentimentality surrounding just the gift. There is no better way to express your consideration, caring nature and compassion and make a card that contains a stunning image and breath taking words to summarise the emotions, which surround the day and the event. Parchment paper lends itself perfectly to the creation of cards and allows the flexibility and versatility to be able to create a beautiful design.

One of the biggest gift giving occasions are weddings, they come at any time throughout the year and are one event that so many people attend. It can also be the hardest occasion to buy for, in years gone by gifts were given to help the newly wedded couple set up their marital home but so many couples now live together before they are wed which makes finding the ideal gift that much harder. There is now more pressure to give valued presents that the couple together can enjoy but will perfectly sum up the beauty of the day and the occasion. Brides in particular can be specific in the types of gifts they would like and one bride in America was quick to criticise the gift she received from one of her guests. The bride wanted financial gifts to help the couple pay for the reception they held after their wedding, they expected around $200 from each guest to cover the excessive costs and when she received what many people would consider to be a generous gift of $100 the bride made her upset and anger known, to the entire online community.

This is the perfect example of the specific ideas people have regarding gifts and how it can go so spectacularly wrong for the gift giver. The choice of gift should be down to the giver, they are the ones that are choosing to celebrate an occasion with an event and should have the responsibility of selecting what they feel to be the ideal present. Although suggestions are given or asked for, the ultimate choice does not and should not lay with the person that will be receiving the gift. The best criteria for a present is that it should possibly appear expensive or valuable but ultimately it should look as though genuine thought has gone into it, that it is something of use to the other person and a gift that the giver is proud to pass on. Personal gifts are always accepted well and are one present that will certainly never cause the uproar and displeasure that so many items seem to.

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    August 27, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    i have been in trouble before for only giving a small present. accused of not liking the person and her son.

    i found this awful. never ever would i expect someone to buy my children a present if they didn’t want to or especially if they couldn’t afford to. that was my situation then and the mother knew it.

    what happened to it’s the thought that counts?

    i would never be able to afford a gift of £200 for anyone’s wedding!

    The world is so materialistic. it’s a shame. there’s so much more.

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