It’s the thought that counts. But there’s an art to gifting!
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like…. anxiety-ridden last-minute Christmas shopping.
The end year festivities have always found a very sneaky way to layer these feelings on top of all the partying, smiles, and laughs.
But, only because it truly means something to be able to express one of the most common love languages in the world – gift giving!
The ultimate guide to expressing the love language of gifting.
At the risk of sounding cliche, it really is the thought that counts.
Now, it is vital to understand that the art of gifting is not about what you get, but how you have managed to attain the thoughtful gift.
No jumping through hoops of fire (literal and figurative) required, I promise!
With this guide, I guarantee the probability of your being able to hack the Secret Santa system, to find something for everyone across the board, from work acquaintances to your very best bosom buddy.
So, where do we start? The 3 C’s – Conversation, Calmness, and Care.
You may have the strongest urge to interrogate the people you are tasked to get gifts for, but I’ll have to implore you to please refrain!
With a little patience and time, you’ll be able to pick up a person’s likes and interests, even from everyday surface-level conversations.
The key is to carefully pick up on topics and points that your giftee is more engaged with.
For example, your work colleague gets excited or contributes more of their own personal views and opinions on cooking at home.
Considering gifts like a tiffin carrier or even a good knife set are examples of gifts with varying price ranges that are definitely considered thoughtful.
What if it’s for a colleague who you’ve never had a conversation with, then?
Well, although mind-reading may be particularly handy in these situations (amongst others), it doesn’t take a sixth sense for you to find something thoughtful for your giftee.
Your available resource? Just one of your five senses!
I know this may sound rather intimate, but I can assure that your recon can be done at a Covid-SOP adhering distance.
Look, and observe – what they wear, their workspaces. Are there recurring patterns that you can spot? Colours they have a preference to? Maybe you’ve noted how your giftee has post-it notes sporadically posted across their desk.
In this instance, an appropriately sized notice board would be a thoughtful gift option.
Now that we’ve covered the easy parts (yes), welcome to boss-level: Gifts for your loved ones.
If it’s anything I’ve taken away from these past 2 years of imminent lockdowns, the only constant in this climate is how we all seem to be keeping track of time.
We count down the days, hours, minutes, and even seconds to when we’ll be able to hold one another again.
Or, for some of us that are stuck across borders, the time difference wedged between each other – just to hear “I love you’s” that are digitally transmitted through airwaves.
Apart from buying actual time, the closest tangible representation can come in the simplest form of a beautifully made watch.
The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 is retro, cool and chic – an appropriate and stylish look that can be carried across any generation of your loved ones.
An “innovator by tradition”, Tissot’s swiss made timepieces are also equipped with a mechanical self-winding movement, 80-hour power reserve, and is water-resistant to up to 100 metres, on top of its Precise and Robust design that will sit elegantly on your giftee’s wrist.
What a time to be alive – an understatement, to say the least.
With all the uncertainty around us, it’s only natural and human of us to want to believe in something good.
To look forward to celebrating seasons and love itself. Its language of gifting can truly be something genuine and pure with a teeny bit of effort.
Whether it’s a small piece of organizational furniture or a sleek Swiss-made watch, we could all get by a little further and longer when it’s something that comes from the heart.