The joys of secret pals
A gift exchange can add excitement to any occasion, writes Sinentlahla Vulindlu
RECEIVING gifts is the best thing to happen to anyone, especially on a very special day like a birthday. Getting gifts from anonymous people is not only surprising, but it can be exciting too. Anonymous gift exchanges are popular, especially in stokvels.
Playing the detective and finding out what the next person likes can help stokvel members to get to know each other a little bit better.
THE ROLE OF SECRET PALS
You can act as secret pals in your stokvel and give each other gifts anonymously, especially on birthdays.
Guessing who a gift is from and watching the reaction on another person’s face when they open it can be fun.
Stokvel member, Nolubabalo Ntantiso, says she and her colleagues also love the idea of secret pals.
“In our group, every person writes a wish list for their birthday so that when we buy gifts we know what they would like to have and get it for them. But the person won't know who bought the gift,” Nolubabalo shares.
She adds that they do the same for Christmas with a budget of R200 for each person.
Choosing a secret pal can be different from people to people. But the most common way that people use to choose their secret pal is to put their names in a hat and draw them from there.
FINDING THE PERFECT GIFT
When it comes to choosing the right gift for someone, there's always confusion, which is why it's important for secret pals to pay more attention to the needs or wishes of the person they are buying a present for.
The key to choosing the perfect gift for your stokvel club member is to listen carefully to what their main wants and needs are.
As hard as it is to buy a gift for someone, it's very important to buy them something that they will love and cherish. People get confused when they have to buy gifts for other people. The key is to buy gifts that are meaningful.
WHAT TO BUY
A good gift shows that you care enough about someone to really consider what they might like as a present eaither for their birthday or as a Christmas gift.
Zelda Hartzenberg from Sheet Street in East London says most people buy bedroom items as gifts. These are items like bed covers, sheets and pillows.
She adds that people can also get other items such as side lamps, photo frames and ornaments that will go with the member's furniture.
A perfect gift doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Even if you have a tight budget in your stokvel, you can still get each other thoughtful presents.
If you have a budget of R500, here are some gifts that you can also buy: ■ Perfumes ■ Towels ■ Vases ■ Cutlery Or you can buy electrical appliances such as: ■ Egg boiler ■ Toaster ■ Coffee-making machine ■ Slow cooker ■ Blender
Buy them something they will love and cherish
With a R500 budget for a gift, the secret pal can buy something that is on the stokvel member's wishlist. Get them something they really love and that they have always wanted. It will mean a lot to them.