The Unspoken Rules Of Gift Giving


Whatever the occasion might be, gift giving is always something of a practiced art. Regardless of who you might be buying a gift for, it is a process which takes a lot of time and patience, and no small measure of understanding, if you want it to go down as well as possible with the other party. But people often struggle with buying gifts, even for people they know extremely well, and sometimes especially those people. The whole process can be made much quicker and easier, however, if you simply follow some basic, usually unspoken, rules about gift giving. Let’s take a look at what those might be now.


It Should Be Personal

This absolutely has to be the number one golden rule for buying and giving gifts. No matter what, you need to make sure that it is as personal as possible. Achieving this is often a matter of getting to know the person well enough, and sometimes it is a case of shopping around for a long time before you come across something that really speaks to you. There is that moment of joy when you realize that you have bought something that the person will genuinely love. This is a hard feeling to beat, and it is easily achieved by knowing them well. Another more specific aspect of keeping things personal is to literally personalize the gift in some way. This can be easily achieved with gifts of pretty much any kind, and you might find that it goes down particularly well. With personalized embossed note cards, for example, even something as every day as stationery can become personal and a great present.

It Should Have Meaning

There is nothing worse than a present which doesn’t have any meaning, and this should be one of your main concerns when you are buying presents for people. Always look for something which provides some genuine meaning in some way. This ties in nicely with the notion of them being as personal as possible, as the two often go hand in hand. The worst kind of present is the least meaningful – vouchers and gift cards and so on. With meaning, you know you have given a great gift.


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