My fashionistas, it’s that time of the year again when we all like gifting people we love. For me, this ritual of buying gifts for people I care and also being on the receiving end started couple of months ago. You all know, in October, I went to India to visit my family and friends and later, to Bangladesh to visit my partner’s family, to meet my ex-students, friends, colleagues and well-wishers whom I met after 5 long years. Honestly, I prefer gifting over receiving. Sounds weird, no?! I enjoy watching the smile a present brings to someone’s face once they open it. That’s why I love buying presents for people I admire. You can’t influence me buy you a present if I don’t want to (read as If I don’t like you as a person);) But I’m a bit scared accepting gifts from people. I am choosy. I don’t wear everything. I am always scared what if I don’t like the gift, If I don’t, I will never wear it or use it and it will hurt the person who gifted me. At the risk of sounding selfish and not-so-elegant, I prefer to receive Money as gifts, wrapped in an envelope -more practical and useful. I can get things of my choice and need with that money. I acknowledge that it is not feasible to gift Money to certain people, you can only think of gifting money to your close family members and friends. For a change, I have liked all the gifts that I had received during my last trip to India and Bangladesh, so I thought to share some here.
Top tip: You should only gift someone the things that will make you happy if you receive them as gifts from someone. (If you ever visit Bangladesh, Aarong is a must visit for buying gifts for your near and dear ones)
Three things to guide me while buying a gift:
1. Budget – I decide my budget first, it saves my time. This way I can be certain what are the things I need to drop from the options available.
2. Personality- This is probably the most important factor. I always buy gifts that will go well with the receiver’s personality. I will never gift a book to someone who hates reading.
3. Need- Who wouldn’t love you when you buy them something that they need! While buying gifts for family members, it is always useful to find out(tactfully) what they need or if you remember anything that they mentioned during a chit-chat session with you.
What are the principles you follow when gifting someone? Drop me a line at the comment section as I like to hear what you have to say:)
A big thank you to Marzia, Arif and Rima:) Hope I can make you smile one day:)