Though we all love to give gifts, trying to decipher the perfect gift can be a tedious process. Will they like it? Is it a color that they enjoy? What if it is too big, or what if it does not fit in with their décor choices? There are so many questions when it comes to gift giving that pop into one’s brain allowing doubt to be cast on the item you once thought was perfect enough to purchase.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
The Old Days – Or Rather, My Old Days
I’ll be honest… I use to buy presents for people that I thought they would love, but truly it was me that liked the present…not them.
Gift-Giving is another way that minimalism has changed my life. Minimalism has taught me that if I am going to spend money on a gift for someone, putting appropriate thought into a gift was necessary. It brings me so much joy to watch someone open a gift that was well thought out and meaningful.
Steps to Take for Better Gifts
So, how can you work to buy better presents for people you love? Start by listening. I keep a note in my phone year-round that hosts people’s names and things they said they wanted or liked. This allows me to go into giving them a gift they might actually love and enjoy.
Next, don’t allow yourself to focus on cost. I’m not saying the cost isn’t important, what I hope to emphasize to you is that your focus shouldn’t be how grand a present is, instead it should be to get crafty, creative, and meaningful.
Embrace the presentation of a present. Wrapping a gift in a lovely way goes further than you can imagine. (Unless you are wrapping a gift for a small child.) Choosing to wrap in a lovely way makes a gift seem more thoughtful.
Think About What Makes Them Unique
Write out the answers to these questions as you go.
What defines the person you are shopping for? What are their hobbies? What do they enjoy doing in their leisure time? Consider their attitude, thoughts, behavior, and character.
Give an Experience
Sometimes the best gift isn’t an object. Since becoming a minimalist, I thrive on experience-based giving. Experiences are easy to arrange, thoughtful, and rewarding. Not to mention…Experiences last longer.