Mother Teresa wisely said, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” This brings to light an important truth: The holidays carry an opportunity to joyfully show the people in your life that you care about them.
Gift-giving need not be a futile exercise of tradition.
As the holidays approach, how do you feel about giving gifts? Is it a task to check off your list? A stressful drain of time and money? If the joy of giving is lost, even a little bit, you aren’t alone. For some, it can be a daunting ordeal.
One positive we can take away from battling a pandemic is that our time, families, resources, and lives are valuable. As a society, our priorities have shifted away from striving for status, to living with meaning and purpose. Relationships are in - success at all costs is out.
Studies show that people have a tendency to choose gifts that will elicit grand reactions rather than the long-term appreciation of a present. Another common mistake is assuming that the more expensive the gift, the better it will be received.
This holiday, why not embrace an improved outlook on giving?
Recognize the chance to give something meaningful as a vehicle to better connect with the people in your life.
There are plenty of generic products to opt for when buying gifts. Here are four reasons why your loved ones would rather receive an uncommon gift:
1. It Strengthens Your Relationship
If you give someone a gift card, they might buy something they habitually use and not think twice about you in the process. Worst case scenario, they might lose the card, which often happens.
When you give them a well-thought-out gift, you show them that you pay attention to their interests, words, and actions. You show them that you value them enough to contemplate what they value. This can ultimately create a deeper connection between you and that person.
If, on the other hand, you give them a poorly chosen gift that shows no thought or investment, it can have a negative effect on your relationship.
Some examples of thoughtful gifts are personalized items, fun experiences, art by a favorite artist, something from a favorite place, a subscription to something loved, a framed caricature of a beloved pet, an item that represents a proud heritage, or a commemoration of a special experience you shared together.
2. It Makes Them Feel Special
According to Harvard Business Review, "We give people gifts to show them that we are grateful for them and value the role they play in our lives."
If you give a creative gift, it can make someone feel extra special. It can be something that is theirs, not something trendy that everyone else seems to have. Give something that they will cherish and it can bring them enduring joy whenever they see or use it.
My friend’s husband bought her a subscription to a weekly fresh flower delivery service. She loves it so he has continued it for over 10 years now. It is a constant sign of his love that brings regular beauty into their home. They, along with their guests, enjoy the colorful reminder of thoughtfulness.
3. Investing in Something Significant Empowers
Purchasing a thoughtful present can change lives. Whatever the source, that business or cause can impact other customers because of your patronage. The gift can be creative, emotional, interesting, artistic, fun, or a little bit of all of these.
Did you know that when you purchase a product from our online shop or use us to create beautiful floral arrangements for your event, you empower communities in East Africa? Elegant Event Flowers supports ministry leaders, orphanages, widows, and the needs of communities in East Africa.
Whether you choose a gift from us, other artists, or local businesses, you can impact the world through your thoughtfulness.
4. Your Joy is Catching
Your unique gift can make someone happy and lighten your own heart. By focusing on the interests of others, you step away from your own little world. Your loved ones will be glad that you had fun shopping for them.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Studies show that giving can actually boost your physical and mental health…Health benefits associated with giving can include:
Lower blood pressure
Lower stress levels
Greater happiness and satisfaction.”
As you contemplate what holiday gifts to purchase, give careful consideration to the personalities and interests of those on your list. Avoid the common tendency to pick things that are generic and just plain unimaginative.
We would love to assist you with a personalized floral arrangement for your Thanksgiving and Christmas hosts. We have unveiled a new collection of uniquely artistic gift items at our online store. Please visit us at www.eleganteventflowers.com.
May your holidays be filled with imagination, beauty, love, and generosity. We are thankful for you!