Whether or not you love the gift or the giver, a thank you should always be sent for a thoughtful gift.
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I think, at the end of the day, a smaller, more meaningful gift, is way more important to someone than a big showy gift that doesn’t have much meaning for the person receiving it. A find a lot of people feel pressured into getting everyone gifts (i.e.: all members of a sports team, co-workers in a large office, etc.).
So the goal of this post is to share tips for gifting thoughtfully and to get us in the right frame of mind to celebrate the people we love in the best way possible (by remembering to celebrate who THEY are what THEY love). That can lead to gift buying (and money spending) that doesn’t necessarily need to happen. If you’ve received a gift from someone, a thank you note is a given.
A genuine, heartfelt holiday card can go a long way toward serving the same purpose of a gift (celebrating or thanking someone) and can be a much better answer when you don’t know enough about the person you “have” to give a gift to. Whether or not you liked the gift- or the recipient- a thank you should be sent.
Someone asked me online the other day if they ‘had’ to thank someone for a gift that was given by someone they didn’t like (who possibly didn’t buy the gift with their own money) and it surprised me.
For the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking about gifts- a lot.
This time of year can gross me out a little with all the product talk, but I find it’s helpful to bring things back to the basic sentiment of the season: celebrating the ones you love.To that end, we’re going to spend a lot of time focusing on ways celebrate people without buying things, making things with your own hands and sharing tips from pros that will help you gift more thoughtfully (and cost effectively).But before we start making or thinking about gifts, I think it’s important to think about the actual people we’re celebrating. I find more often than not, people get stuck on what they would want or what they would want that person to have, rather than considering what means most to person.Does that mean you have to support causes you’re morally opposed to or companies you don’t like? But it does mean that just because you think someone should be dressing a certain way, you buy them clothes that suit your taste.If your brother really loves sports t-shirts, for example, buying him a fancy suit jacket because think it would look good on him, isn’t the most thoughtful thing to do.If you care about someone enough to get them a gift, consider what they would like.