Although when someone completely unknown to us extends a gesture of humility or care, we are delighted, when it comes to birthdays and Christmas, we are in danger of taking for granted the affection, time and kindness which may have gone into the gifts we receive from our nearest and dearest. But neither giver nor receiver need be placed in such a position.
Given the current climate we live in, where years and years of excessive consumption and buying on credit have created an economic impasse yet only further ingrained our spend-now-think-later mentality, the opportunity to buy gifts comes thick and fast, whilst their meaning seems to gradually depreciate.
Why not take the upper hand, and instead put more time and effort into buying truly meaningful gifts only when necessary? This is no longer the time to fritter away money endlessly. When you can’t think of a great present which could be made by yourself, take enough time to consider what your recipient really means to you before you just go a buy a box of Belgian truffles. Though chocolates tend always to be appreciated, they never tend to be the presents which cause murmurs of surprise and affection.
If you find yourself hard up for time and cash but keen to make an impression on your loved ones, why not take a look at the various gift-oriented websites which now deal especially in finding the right gifts for you. Sites such as Not on the High Street provide a huge range of gift ideas, from bathrobes and curtains to gourmet chocolates and wines, to allow you to create a quality present that means something. It could even save on your delivery, as you could create a personalised card or even customise a gift, and as an extra surprise, have it turn up on your recipient’s door.