It’s time to make a resolution, yes, we know it’s not New Year’s Eve yet! But why should we wait for the bells to start chiming and mumble along to Auld Land Syne before we make a promise to change something for the better? Let’s make that change now, let’s resolve to embrace the art of gifting.
It’s not a tricky concept, no need to run and hide below your duvet shouting “I have enough to do without worrying about a gifting.” Effective gift giving isn’t based upon the size of your wallet (or what’s inside) either, so there’s really no reason not to buy in to the idea of making sure your gifts are thoughtful, creative and planned in advance.
Oh-oh was that the “P” word we just heard? for some the idea of planning anything is bad news, but rest assured we aren’t talking endless lists, unforgiving internet searches or dragging yourself around hundreds of shops in a bid to find the right gift. Spending hours simply searching for something that will bring untold happiness to the recipient is likely to leave you feeling frustrated and overawed by the choices on offer.
The first step involves another word that’s likely to strike fear into the heart of many – organisation. Yep, we’re afraid if you want to perfect the art of gifting then you need to get organised. Buy a diary or a calendar, if you’re tech savvy use a clever app to get yourself sorted. List all of the important dates you need to buy for e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions (e.g. Valentines and Easter), and then add in ad-hoc celebrations such as Weddings and Christenings as they arise. There’s no excuse for forgetting! Plan ahead in terms of how long you will need to wrap goodies and deliver them to the lucky recipients. Bear in mind that Christmas is a busy season anyway (parties, visiting relatives etc) so allow enough time for shopping, wrapping and helping Santa out by posting and hand-delivering presents.
Choosing A Gift That They Will Love
Think about your recipient – what do they enjoy? What are their hobbies? What are their favourite things? Think about the times you’ve shared together, chances are you have the perfect gift in mind if you just spend a short time mulling it over. Try to steer clear of “safe” choices, wine and chocs are enjoyable, but they don’t convey the message that you’ve put even an ounce of effort in, instead you’re more likely to send out the message that you couldn’t be bothered and just raided the cupboard to see what you could give away!
Rather than buy a throwaway item it would be much nicer to invest in gifts for the home. These can be treasured for ever rather than stuck in the back of a drawer, crammed in the fridge or swallowed down! If you’re looking for a unique gift that would make a lovely keepsake consider a beautiful Art Heart. Made in resin and resplendent in its own gift box, the Art Heart comes in numerous designs including those inscribed with loving messages for family members and friends. There’s the friendship heart, “Friendship starts in loving hearts,” and the heart that appeals to doggy lovers “Dogs leave paw prints on your heart.” In fact, there’s a heart for everyone!
You should also check out the Sharon Nowlan collection, art specially created to mark milestones and celebrate those special times and relationships. Nowlan uses pebbles to create her unique artwork and it’s hard to believe those innocuous rocks from the beach can be used to make sure inspirational pieces. Each piece is handmade by artisans and includes a copy of the artists signature.
Those who love vibrant and bright figurines will adore the World of Miss Mindy range. Colourful and whimsical, the figurines are hand-painted and presented in their own gift box, perfect as a gift for someone special. There’s the jaunty Miss Mindy Dear Unicorn Light of Day Figurine, and you must check out the cute as a button Miss Mindy Candy Queen figurine. Think cotton candy trees and a dress adorned with peppermint swirls!
Give with Love
Whatever gift you choose make sure you give it with love. Spend time wrapping it beautifully and make sure the recipient receives it on time. Write a tag that complements your sentiments – not just a brief Merry Christmas or Happy Birthday! Offer thanks that they are part of your life and let them know how much you care.