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By Hubert Bays -
What Do They Want for Christmas?
The question is not only “what do they want for Christmas?” but what is your intention in the gifting. Yes, your own purpose determines “gifting success.” Success in gifting is a mutual satisfaction of both the giver and the recipient.
Whether you want to mark a milestone, express your feelings, or give the “hottest” new thing, we offer these thoughts in your gifting process.
· Logic – We always suggest starting with a price range that you are comfortable spending and sticking to it. However, becoming well-informed on actual costs and values of the type of gift you desire to give is essential for you to establish a realistic budget. Sticking to your price range will help you to avoid buying escalation and later living in stress to pay more than you wanted to pay. The receiver never knows what you spent, nor should they judge because after all, it is a gift.
· Lifestyle – We recommend taking the receiver’s lifestyle into consideration when selecting a gift. Are they more likely to go camping or go out to a white, tablecloth dinner and a show on a weekend? Their typical work and recreation activities will give you a big clue on what they would be more likely to enjoy. If your person is more casual, then look to more simple, visual designs in items or more utilitarian things they can use every day. If they have a more formal life and career, then finding that visually elegant design or complimentary item to enhance their way of life.
· Legacy – We recommend taking into account the duration you expect your gift to have in your loved one’s life. Lifetime gifts come in all price ranges, but they do have one thing in common: all lifetime gifts are expressions of life milestones, gratitude, achievement and/or love. Often these lifetime gifts are passed on as a meaningful legacy to the next generation. Searching for this special gift involves a thoughtful process of the heart influenced by logic and lifestyle. You will know you have found your forever gift when it is something that would fill both of your hearts and be treasured.