Gifting - part 1
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is, in reality, great, if it is given with affection.”- Pindar.
Giving gifts is an age-old tradition followed everywhere around the world. Be it someone’s birthday, wedding, anniversary or any festival, giving gifts is a way to express joy and love for each other. A good gift mends relations and brings individuals closer. However, a wrong gift can destroy already established connections. This fact makes gifting a more challenging task requiring much thought and time. Each one of us might have spent countless hours thinking and rethinking what gift is appropriate and will fulfil the purpose. This complicated and tedious task gets even harder when you have a great relationship with the person you plan to give the gift to. The idea of personalising the gift does pop into one’s mind, but the question of how acts as an enormous hindrance. So, the question that pops up is how should one decide which gift to give. A gift should be practical and pleasing, fun unwrapping, and most importantly, your thought and effort count.
Weddings are one of the significant occasions for gift-giving, be it a gift attached to the wedding invitation or a gift given by the guests to the bride and groom and maybe a gift given to the guests after the wedding ends. However, most of the time, these gifts do not seem to be thought about enough, and it appears that one is forced to do everything, even though that might not be the case. The solution to this problem is the idea of personalising the gift through a note, by being more specific, and with beautiful packaging.
Imagine a wedding invitation not as ‘name of the family head and family’, but rather writing the names of all the six to eight members of the family. Does this not feel personal? Does it not feel like you are genuinely invited? Further, accelerate your imagination a bit: a beautiful box as a wedding invitation with sweets or dry fruits neatly packed in delicate, luxurious, beautifully designed dessert bowls. Does this invitation not seem perfect? The white and golden dessert bowls are filled with your favourite sweet in the form of a wedding invitation that has your name mentioned on the invite. Gives you the feeling that yes, you are also invited, and you should go to the wedding with a perfect gift.
Now it’s your time to give the wedding gift. Maybe the perfect gift would be a gift box of fine, luxurious, royal dinner wares that are intricately designed and a personal note with it. A letter that mentions some memory that only you and the bride or groom know will remind them of you every time they take a look at the luxurious dinnerware and put it in use. This can even be given as a return gift to the guests with a thank you note, expressing gratitude perfectly. The beautifully decorated grey gift box holding inside intricately designed dinner wares that represent Indian culture and art in the utmost manner beautified with 24 karat gold, narrating a tale of your relationship with it through the personal note attached.
Does gifting now not seem more manageable and more straightforward? Isn’t it, again, a joyous task providing happiness to you and the person you are giving the gift to simultaneously? No longer that tedious task that requires thinking all day long.