Five tips on gifting this festive season
Have you ever observed that time seems to be going faster as you get older? It is just 26 days to the climax of the season and I am here almost asking the world to take a quick stop and wait a little longer since I have lots of unfinished business. I have so much to be done, yet so little time left in the year and here we go…festivity is knocking at our door!
This means, the gifting season is also knocking, which can turn out to be enjoyable or…
stressful depending on the dynamics.
I love how my former work place organized the gifting season. About this period, we would be planning on how to gift our clients and media partners. If you happen to be in the agency business and have clients, move closer, I feel the need to whisper some obvious secret.
“You see, all those nights you worked late this year, all those mornings you woke up to attend to emergency briefs that turned out to be not so urgent after all. You know, all those times you felt like walking away, move closer. This is the time to give back. Bless your client with a beautifully arranged basket of mementos, coupled with some desk bloaters and diaries. It is the time to thank them for the very good relationship you have had through out the year. You know it, and I know it too, client agency love is different. And we have to be thankful for that.”
So, if you are reading this and can relate, please don’t forget to gift your client:-) You need them next year as well-wink ;-*
As for colleagues, I love Secret Santa days. Especially the days building up to Santa day. If you are lucky enough to get a wonderful Secret Santa, you are sure of adorable small gifts everyday on top of your desk, ranging from smokies, chapos, mandazis to lollipops. Huraaay!
But then, once you get all these nice things, then comes the headache of gifting as well. All over sudden you have the anxiety of ‘returning the hand’. You know, the anxiety of looking good too. Many questions begin popping up in your mind, you have to start guessing what your Secret Santa would love. You literally crack your brain to look for something that they would appreciate. Trust me, if you have done this before, It is not easy. Knowing what your colleague loves is tasking and not funny at all, especially if you are not that close. Then, you have to start playing pinky ponky on the ideas in your mind. And then, your ponky does not add up. And then, you resort to playing hide and seek with them in the office. All over sudden, you dread the moments you bump into them on the corridor. And when you do, you pretend like you are not their Secret Santa but then you know that you really care and that you really WANT to know what makes them tick, but, you can not ask them! Aaaaaaargh! That is when you have to reach out to one of their best friends, or desk-mate in the office to find out what they love the most, or what they would love. Guys, it is a tedious process!
Then of course, after going through all this, there are those people who will not appreciate your gift anyway! But, if gifting is something to go by, here are some tips that I have adopted over the past few years to assist you during this festive season:
As I had mentioned above, take some time to find out what the other person values. While purchasing a gift, ask yourself if it is relevant to the recipients daily life, well being, or maybe their work. Is it something that they will use? Or it is something they will throw on the couch and forget about it. And maybe in 24hrs, if you were to sneak in their house, you would see your gift placed in some corner somewhere never to be used again, and if they are one of ‘those people’ (you know …’those people’ ), it may just end up in the dustbin in a month’s time. If this is the case, re-think your idea.
Whenever I buy a gift, I go for memorability. I would love to buy something that when one looks at it three years down the lane, they always remember the exact day and time. If possible, also the seconds:-) Gifts, just like pictures are memento mori. They precisely take a wonderful moment and in a pack, they testify to time’s relentless melt. Gifts will take you back to memory lane, to all joyous moments of life.
Let’s not break the bank while gifting- agreed? Let’s try look for something valuable and affordable. I know you might be asking, how now? Valuable and affordable in the same sentence? Oh yes, it is very possible. Take some time and do some background search on where to get affordable staff. There are those gifts that you can find on a garage sale (my favourite place), there are those that requires you to wake up very early to go to the market, then there are those you can find in hidden shops, then there are those that you can find online. The key is that these gifts exists, start early, seek and you will for sure find.
When useful and usable meet delight, great things happen! It is really interesting how a gift can change somebody’s moods and thoughts. I know of a friend who really, but really, really loves sharks! It doesn’t matter in what form the shark comes in, whether it is a shark candy, a shark t-shirt, a staffed shark or just any shark, you reach his heart. So while gifting, I suggest you do some back ground check on what one loves or would like to have (of course, within your means). Try find something that relates and voilà!
5. Gifting with a purpose
A fortnight ago, I visited a market here in Rome sponsored by UNHCR Italy and organized by Refugee ScArt. This market was different from all the other markets I have been in a life time. All the items on sale were 100% ecological, handmade by refugees from different parts of the world. This therefore means that all the proceeds received, 100%, will be channelled to bolstering the livelihood of refugees. You can visit their site here to see some of the interesting projects that they are doing. If you are able to find a market like this next to you, this will definitely be a good starting point for gifting this year.
Above all, always remember, it is the thought that counts. When you receive the gift, even if you don’t like it, never give it back. Keep it. You never know when you may start loving it.
On a lighter note though, this gifting thing is a new phenomenon too, this move from the village to the city can really transform someone and before you know it you start doing some things that you never used to do. I honestly don’t remember growing up thinking of gifting during the festivities. All that was in my mind then was the number of chapatis and chicken we were going to eat in December. Life was much easier that way- lol.
What about you ? What are your tips? Who are you gifting this season ? Do you have a wish list:-) Drop it down here, you never know who may pass by PeachesonBlue.
Happy gifting season!
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