What will you give this year?
A lot of us will be caught up in the Christmas hype all around us. We’ll be busy laying in food, putting up decorations and buying gifts. Hopefully the readers of this don’t get sucked in by the hype.
The perfect gift, according to the advertisers at any rate, seems to get more expensive every year but what is the perfect gift? Is there really such a thing?
Most gifts that people receive are simply bought by someone. Often bought quickly without a lot of thought, because shopping for someone else is, let’s face it, inconvenient. Not many people, these days, got to the trouble of making something for someone else.
Gifts don’t need to be expensive. Sometimes, giving an expensive gift is actually a disservice to the recipient. And expensive gift often creates in the receiver a feeling of obligation to respond in kind at a similar cost. Note here I say cost, not value.
Creating an obligation can prompt someone with little money to feel obliged to spend more than they can afford to respond in kind. A thoughtless gift in the first place actually adds to the hardship of the recipient.
Sometimes the best gift is the least expensive or the most thoughtful, perhaps even free in monetary term, is nevertheless of great value. Caring doesn’t have to mean spending, it can mean not spending. Perhaps the most valuable to give someone, is your time. Of course so many people don’t, or say they don’t, have time.