The Art of Giving Gifts
Like so many things in life, giving gifts is an art. We can all pick something from a gift list but that's really just buying something you've been told to buy, it's more like paying a tax than buying a gift. And we can all google a list for our intended recipient, ‘Best Gifts for Balding Men'. You'll get something ok, you'll have given a gift, but that's about it. A great gift, an artfully chosen gift, is a gift which brings someone a moment of unexpected joy and generates a feeling of warmth and gratitude toward the giver. It really doesn't have anything to do with the monetary value of the gift, it's about showing someone that you have taken the trouble to find something that they will love, even if they didn't even know of the object's existence until they opened your gift. You probably don't need to know that person deeply to choose a gift of some value to them. All that might be necessary is to buy a gift of can be useful to them.
Sometimes you simply get lucky, you buy something for someone in the hope that they'll like it and bingo, they like it way more than you could have imagined.' Hey, my Uncle Jack had one of these and I've always wanted one. How did you know?' You didn't of course, you got lucky. Usually, though, the response to a ‘I think he might like it' kind of gift, is ‘Oh that's interesting.' A sentence in which ‘interesting' means ‘random' or worse.…continue reading →