When was the last time someone gave you something that was truly meaningful? Do you remember how it made you feel? Did you feel like that person knew you? Did you feel a connection between you? Did they feel really chuffed that you were pleased? Gift giving is one way for people to express love and affection. It is also a way to show our appreciation to others. But does it make us feel loved and cared for when someone gives us something that means nothing to us?
If we were honest with ourselves, when someone gives us a gift that has no significance to us, we are likely going to feel that that person doesn’t know us. We might feel unimportant because they didn’t take the time to think of something that was relevant to who we are. Oh dear, we might even feel a tinge of guilt about throwing the gift away or re-gifting it. Or worse still, imagine if we re-gifted it to the very person who gave it to us in the first place.
With $600m worth of unwanted gifts given in Australia last Xmas, we might want to think more carefully the next time we go shopping. Many people live hectic lives with time being the key reason we don’t always make the best gifting decisions. How can we choose meaningful gifts under such pressure?
We know how we feel when someone gives us something meaningful. We all want to make someone feel important and special, but often find ourselves short of time and scrambling for ideas. It doesn't help when so much of what is out there is same old stuff. There is a lot of beautiful handmade unique gifts, but they are often out of our budget.
If unique gifts are important to you then, maybe they will love some art-inspired ceramic coasters. Starting at $3.95, you cannot go wrong with these gorgeous coasters. You can choose from Australian landscapes, Australian Wildflowers, Australian animals and Aboriginal Art coasters.
Maybe your friend or loved one enjoys giving back to the community - consider giving them a gift that keeps on giving like our Dreamtime Stories collection, where part of each sale is returned to the Aboriginal artist. There is nothing more amazing than lighting up once of these handmade Aboriginal candle holders and seeing the artwork come to life! ($29.95)
Perhaps your loved one likes nature and would like to be reminded of how amazing nature is? or they simply LOVE burning candles or looking at their favorite Australian Wildflower. You cannot go wrong with these stunning Australian Wildflower Minikin Lanterns as they suit any decor, and look divine when lit up. ($34.95)
Whatever it may be, try to find the answer by stepping outside of yourself and imagining how your loved one feels. If you take a few moments to remember the last time someone gave you something truly meaningful and how it made you feel, it will help you do the same for someone else. Koh X