Sunday, September 12, 2010

PRE-CHRISTMAS WRAP-UP: The Hows and Whys of Gift-Giving

Christmas season use to scoop-up the tradition of gift giving. If we give gift for the newlywed, for the birthday celebrant and to our sweethearts on certain anniversaries, then Christmas must have been a culmination of all those gifts put together. So why do we give gift on Christmas then? We have simple and deep reason for it. Others do it by tradition (because it's Christmas) and others do it for some emotional reasons.

By tradition it was said that it started with the three wise men or simply the magi when during Jesus Christ nativity in Bethlehem, they offered gifts namely gold, frankincense and myrrh. The visitation is celebrated on the sixth of January, we call it the Epiphany (from the Greek word, meaning to “show” or to “manifest”). Over time celebrating the Epiphany (on the part of its ritual which is gift giving) became more associated with Christmas rather than an independent practice itself. Gift-giving could be more likely is credited to Epiphany, nevertheless December 25 could be considered the climax of this ritual. Epiphany's cause is Christ's birth and Christ's birth caused the Epiphany. They could be one and the same with due respect to their meanings – love. After all, giving gift doesn't wait for seasonal emphasis but with ones choice to love and to give any time of the year.

Further, Santa Clause has something to say! For more secular rather than religious buffs of gift-giving, Santa Clause is an iconic figure during this cool season of the year. For short, he is that big jolly old man depicted on various narrative denominations who works with lots of gifts on a sleigh and rain deers too. His generosity is most noted during this season tossing gifts to children on the streets and on chimney walls.

Emotively, few other's give gift for deeper purpose. A gnome quotes, “you can give without loving but you can't love without giving.” Whatever that saying means to you, one of the essential requirements of love is for it to be redeemed by actions for it to be called as such. The perennial thing we used to do – gift-giving. We give gift to let that person, in the first place, feel his worth especially for the Christmas season. Although sometimes giving gift tends to be mechanical, it is worthwhile to step out from your door and think about why you give gift on Christmas.

Meanwhile, here are few tips you might use as your guidelines in buying gift. Thinking why you are giving gift could be proportionately difficult as how to get and give that gift stuff. Don't worry, you're not to give an absolutely perfect gift, you are only to give a sincere gift which doesn't need to be perfect. These tips gets through either you’re giving gift to your parents, relatives or especial loved ones.

According to “Present Perfect: The Essential Guide to Gift Giving” (Mobius Press), by Sherri and Larry Athay, the best gifts share several common characteristics: appropriateness, perceptiveness, selflessness, generosity, indulgence, surprise and evocation.

Appropriateness - The perfect gift is fitting for the occasion and the relationship. A tin of homemade Christmas cookies to a coworker would be a thoughtful gesture.

Perceptiveness - A gift that reflects the giver’s attention to the tastes and preferences of the recipient is preferred. In essence, it’s a compliment that says, “When I saw this, I couldn’t help but think of you!”

Selflessness - The giver should only desire to please the recipient - expecting nothing in return. This “no-return” policy includes any satisfaction the giver anticipates from the observations of others about the extravagance of the gift or the generosity of the giver.

Generosity - Resourceful gifts reveal how special the recipient is to the giver. Often, endowments of the giver’s time, effort or creativity are the most generous and memorable characteristics of a gift.

Indulgence - It pampers, it humors, it appeases, it satisfies - the perfect gift says there is something extraordinary about the recipient in the eyes of the giver.

Surprise - Careful and discreet planning can catch even the most suspecting recipient off guard. A spontaneous gift even can be more fun.


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