It’s Christmas, Easter, a wedding, a birthday, Mothers’ day, Fathers’ day, an Anniversary and every other celebration that mankind has designed to make gift giving more tedious than it already is.
If one were to choose to celebrate every occasion on the calendar, how many different gifts could you possibly give to one person? It all gets very confusing and I dare say casts a dark cloud on giving gifts.
Over time, I have found that the best gifts to give are the simple, useful items. Of course what is considered to be simple or useful is relative, however, there is little use in giving something that is of no use or value to the recipient.
Yes, we all know that friend or family member who seems to have it all, who never seems to need anything that you have to offer or that you could afford for that matter.
I have known one of the best gift givers in the world for fourteen odd years now and I can honestly say that I have learned a lot from watching her assemble, wrap and primp a variety of items before presenting them to delighted persons. My best friend, Moji can dress a can of tuna and make it look like the last tin of sturgeon roe (a.k.a caviar) left on earth.
And so, following her lead, I have put my spin on gift giving and have had immense fun in the process. The first rule is to have a budget and stay within it. Secondly, know the recipient; it is entirely counter productive to give a Muslim friend a rum drenched cake or a diabetic a basket bursting with chocolate. Thirdly, where possible, use a collection of items to make up the gift. And finally, have the gift(s) beautifully packaged.
So, for instance, do you want to give a gift to your husband who is a sweet tooth, mad about cars, thinks that Jeremy Clarkson is a sage and dreams of speeding down the autobahn in a sleek shiny Maserati? The solution is simple, you probably couldn’t afford to buy a Maserati for him (but if you can, great!) so buy a book about luxury sports cars, get a DVD box set of Top Gear, gather a collection of his favourite chocolates and candies (if they are shaped like a Maserati it would be a bonus). Wrap each item with the proper wrapping paper, assemble the items in a beautiful gift box and voila! You would have given him a simple useful gift that he would cherish (while he continues to nurse his dreams of driving a luxury car).
In my opinion the presentation of a gift is just as important as the gift itself. So be sure to experiment with various kinds of wrapping papers, trimmings, ribbons and bows. Also, make sure that the actual wrapping process is symmetrical and tidy. It is usually ideal to use soft wrapping paper or tissue wrap for cylindrical or curvy objects and heavier paper for square objects.
If you find that you do not enjoy wrapping gifts and hate to get embroiled in doing up fiddly bows then use the services of the professional gift wrapping department which most gift shops offer.
I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for and putting together all the gifts featured here. I find it to be therapeutic and especially rewarding when people gasp with surprise or coo with joy when they receive their gifts. A la prochaine! 🙂