It's the most wonderful time of the year, and with Christmas just around the corner, now is the time for Christmas list writing and Christmas gift planning so you can be sure to have the perfect gifts ready to spread the Christmas cheer.
At Koh Living, we believe that gifting can change the world, by sharing love, beauty and true connection. We’ve created a store where Aboriginal art and culture is celebrated and respected, where gift giving is heart-filled and thoughtful, and our unique range of homewares, Christmas decorations, and gifts are designed to bring joy to the lives of those who receive or purchase them.
We understand the importance of gifting, and we're here to guide you through the do's and don'ts of Christmas gift-giving in the true spirit of the season, so you can get your Christmas shopping ticked off your list of things to worry about this festive season.
The Etiquette Of Exchanging Gifts With FamilyFirst and foremost, let's dive into the delightful world of gift exchanges. Christmas gifts are a universal way to show appreciation and affection to friends and family, however there are some tips you should follow to make sure things go smoothly. Thoughtfulness and consideration are always key to creating a respectful and enjoyable gift exchange.
Do's For The Etiquette Of Gifting
Set a budget: Determine a comfortable spending limit for gifts to ensure that no one feels obligated to spend more than they can afford.
Consider the recipient: Think about the recipient's likes, hobbies, and personality when selecting a gift. At Koh Living, our collection of Aboriginal art homewares and gifts offers a unique and thoughtful option for art enthusiasts, our travel mugs are perfect for busy coffee or tea lovers, and our stainless steel drink bottles are ideal for fitness savvy friends. Linking your gift back to what you know of a person’s lifestyle is easier than it seems.
Personalise when possible: Adding a personal touch, like a handwritten note or a custom-made portion of a gift, can make the present even more special.
Mind the timing: Of course, if your gift exchange is happening as part of a family festive get-together, the timing is already decided. The same goes with office gift exchanges, but if you’re swapping gifts from afar, make sure your gifts arrive on time, especially if you're sending them to distant loved ones.
Don’ts For The Etiquette of GiftingGive an inappropriate gift: Be mindful of cultural and religious sensitivities, and avoid gifts that might offend or upset the recipient.
Regift without care: If you decide to regift, make sure the item is in excellent condition, and it's something the new recipient will genuinely appreciate.
Show up empty-handed: If you're attending a Christmas gathering, it's considered bad form to arrive without a gift. Even a small token of appreciation is better than nothing.
Overlook the thank-you note:When you receive a gift, promptly express your gratitude with a heartfelt thank-you note. It's a simple gesture that goes a long way in showing your appreciation.
The Etiquette Of Re-Gifting with RespectRegifting can be a little controversial, although if done respectfully and thoughtfully it really does have its place in reducing consumerism and waste. While regifting can be a great way to recycle unwanted presents and save money, it must be done thoughtfully to avoid hurt feelings or awkward situations.
Do’s Of Re-Gifting
Only Re-Gift new items: While there is a movement for gifting used goods, for most situations we recommend sticking only to new items when re-gifting.
Choose the right recipient:Make sure the new recipient will genuinely appreciate and use the item. It's about finding the right match. After all, you don’t want the new recipient to be stuck in the same position as you are and not able to use or enjoy the gift.
Remove any identifying marks:Be sure to remove or cover any old wrapping, gift cards or identifying features to avoid any potential embarrassment. While regifting definitely can make sense, being obvious about it won’t make anyone feel great.
Don'ts Of Re-GiftingRegift within the same social circle:Be cautious about regifting items within a tight-knit group of friends or family. There's a higher chance of the original giver finding out.
Regift handmade or highly personal items: Items made with love or personal significance should not be regifted. They hold sentimental value and should be cherished.
Expressing Gratitude with Thank-You Notes
The act of giving and receiving gifts is undoubtedly heartwarming, but it doesn't end with the exchange. Expressing your gratitude is equally important and can strengthen your relationships. While it doesn’t seem as common to write thank you notes as it has been in decades past, even a text message if you’re short on time will be appreciated and considered thoughtful.
Do’s Of Thank You Note Etiquette
Send thank-you notes: Whether through a handwritten card or a heartfelt email, a thank-you note shows your appreciation and reinforces the bond between you and the gift giver. As we mentioned, even a lovely text message is a welcome exchange to acknowledge the thought and care someone has put into finding the right gift for you.Be specific: Mention what you love about the gift and how it will be used or cherished. This adds authenticity to your thank you, and shows the person that you truly appreciate their effort and love their gift.
Don'ts Of Thank You Note Etiquette
Procrastinate: Don't put off sending your thank-you notes. Promptness is key to showing your sincerity and appreciation.
Enjoy The Art Of Gift Giving With Koh Living
The etiquette of Christmas gifting is all about thoughtfulness, respect, and genuine appreciation. At Koh Living, we believe that the act of giving and receiving gifts should bring joy and strengthen the bonds of friendship and family. Whether you're choosing from our collection of Aboriginal art homewares, Christmas decorations, or gifts, always remember that it's the sentiment that matters most.
May your holiday season be filled with warmth, love, and the joy of giving!