Mak­ing gift giv­ing more en­joy­able

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OUR SAY - DANIELLE FORD danielle.ford@sc­news.com.au

WHEN I tell peo­ple I hate buy­ing presents for Christ­mas and birth­days I am of­ten looked at as though I’m a hor­ri­ble per­son.

It’s not that I hate giv­ing peo­ple gifts, in fact I ac­tu­ally love giv­ing peo­ple gifts.

I hate the idea that you have to buy some­thing for some­one just be­cause it hap­pens to be a cer­tain date on the cal­en­dar.

You go hunt­ing around the shops, search­ing for some­thing they will like and of­ten you end up spend­ing more money than you should on some­thing you hope they will like.

Ex­pect­ing gifts on our birth­day and at Christ­mas tends to ruin the spe­cial­ness of re­ceiv­ing and giv­ing a gift.

A present I re­ceived that re­ally stuck out in my mind was a can­dle of all things.

My best friend bought it for me and there was noth­ing overly spe­cial about it.

It stuck out be­cause it was com­pletely out of the blue. I ar­rived home one day and there was a par­cel. I had no idea what it was and when I opened it there was a card say­ing, “Just be­cause I miss you and was think­ing of you”.

For me, that was bet­ter than any ex­pen­sive present I’ve ever been given, be­cause of the sen­ti­ment be­hind it.

For the past three years my fam­ily and I have not ex­changed gifts on our birth­days or at Christ­mas. In­stead we give each other gifts at ran­dom times through­out the year.

If we come across some­thing that we know a fam­ily mem­ber will love, or some­thing with sen­ti­men­tal value, we buy it and give it to them and it has made gift giv­ing re­ally en­joy­able.

We are do­ing it be­cause we want to make the other per­son happy and show them we are think­ing of them, rather than do­ing it just be­cause it’s a cer­tain date.

Don’t get me wrong, we still cel­e­brate birth­days and Christ­mas but with­out the pres­sure of giv­ing presents it has be­come about time to­gether and sim­ply en­joy­ing that time, not presents.

‘‘ WE ARE DO­ING IT BE­CAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE THE OTHER PER­SON HAPPY AND SHOW THEM WE ARE THINK­ING OF THEM, RATHER THAN DO­ING IT JUST BE­CAUSE IT’S A CER­TAIN DATE.

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