It’s that time of year when so many of our thoughts and activities are dedicated to gift giving. I personally love giving gifts. I find joy in the process of shopping and discovering the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. However, as your list of important people grows, it can be overwhelming and even burdensome to find the right gift for everyone. Whether you’ve been looking forward to the holidays all year or you are just trying to get through, here are some guidelines I find useful when preparing my holiday gift list.
Appropriate: I think we’ve all been uncomfortable receiving a gift that seems too generous or disappointed by a gift that seemed like an afterthought. When I got married, an older family friend gave me and my new husband a small bouquet of fake flowers doused in cheap perfume. Luckily we found humor in this odd gift, but it stands out as one of the least appropriate gifts we received. To avoid such a standout gift, start your list by considering the norms surrounding different relationships and occasions. Ask around before you dive into selecting office gifts, teacher gifts, or gifts for your new boyfriend’s family.
Useful: Usefulness is a deal breaker for many people. While the most obvious question is "will she use it?" the follow up question "does she already have this, or something like it?" is also important. If your friend already has five black clutches, she is likely to return a sixth because it isn't useful. Today, many of us are also trying to simplify our lives, keeping only things that bring us joy or are of use. To align with this mindful lifestyle, shop our timeless collection and avoid trendy gifts that risk going unappreciated after one season
Meaningful: Matching your gift to the recipient’s interests will likely make the gift a keeper. What do you and the person you're buying for have in common? If you and your friend have both been involved with your local food shelf, giving an ethically made piece of jewelry, like the Fighting Hunger Bullet Necklace from Half United, with a personalized note indicating why you bought it, will go a lot farther than a generic gift card. This is a situation where the adage “it’s the thought that counts” is true.
Unexpected: While it's sometimes risky to veer off one’s "wish list," the emotional payoff of a well-timed surprise is often worth it. This stems from the idea that "expectation is the root of all heartache." That which we don't expect is more pleasantly received. I only go with the unexpected gift if I know the recipient so well that I’m confident it will be appreciated.
Packaged: I come from a family that isn’t about appearances, which is wonderful in many ways. But, when it comes to gift giving, part of the anticipation of a gift comes in the moments before unwrapping. So, whether it’s in a simple gift bag or elaborately wrapped, the key is that the gift is fully concealed until the moment the recipient opens it. At Ethos Collection, each of our Holiday Gift Boxes is hand wrapped with simple up-cycled materials and twine.
In fact, our the Ethos Collection Holiday Gift Boxes meet every gift giving guideline. With useful and meaningful items packaged up at only $55, they are an appropriate and unexpected delight for many gifting situations.
Good luck and happy shopping!