Gifts - Do you think people will ever stop giving them?
Albert Einstein - 'The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.' In the early part of the 20th Century, Einstein (1879 - 1952) believed that giving was better than receiving, but do people in the 21st Century agree?
Traditionally, in the UK people give gifts and presents as a way of congratulating someone on a special achievement, such as passing a driving test, graduating or having a baby. Presents are also given on occasions, such as birthday's, wedding anniversaries and at Christmas time. Gift giving can be an expensive business for the gift giver, but can be a rewarding career for gift companies and greeting card companies. In recent times, the market has noticed some amount of change, coming from what can only be classed as, 'recessionary pressures'; reduced disposible incomes and higher expenses in the form of living costs and fuel costs all play a major role.
As part of working for an online web business selling personalised gifts and other gifts ideas, it is always necessary to keep in mind the current economic climate and potential future environmental changes. A question that came to mind to ask the general public(who are after all the buyers of gifts) was, 'will people ever stop giving gifts?'. I posted the question onto a couple of forums to get the opinion of buyers of gifts - would they ever stop buying gifts for friends and loved ones? especially in these times of 'recessionary pressures'.
At Christmas, which is coming around very soon, many of us get into lots of debt, trying to find the coolest, most up-to-date presents for our loved ones, especially presents for children. The amount of toys and gadgets available for children is absolutely mind blowing and at the same time can be ludicrously expensive if you think about the amount of money a Wii costs, for example. Somebody once said, 'Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.' A member of the forum posted her thoughts and opinions, she recounted having seen times when the economy was in a terrible state and everyone said, "I am cutting down this year" or "I canít afford to spend so much on such & such" but, yet every special occasion there were many gifts and lots of cards, suggesting that no matter what, people will always give gifts and cards.
From the information collated, the outlook as a general consensus was that people will always give gifts, as it is a wonderful way of showing you care. There are still a number of methods which can be employed to reduce the costs of buying gifts or making the gifts you give seem special:
A Gift Closet
Buy gifts throughout the year, gifts which are on sale, a bargain, or just a good idea. Have a place where you can store these gifts and when a special occasion, or a birthday comes around choose something from your 'gift closet' to give. This will reduce costs as well as the stress of having to find something last minute and also, if you forget a particular occasion, you will always have something on hand.
Design Your Own Gifts
This is a particularly effective method of gift giving. You can create your own gifts by spending time and effort, which will be noted by the recipient. Buying gifts can be a fairly easy and effortless task, especially if you buy online (a few clicks and most of the time the gift lands on your doorstep). If you make your own however, it can be a little cheaper and shows you have put alot of thought into the gift.
Give personalised gifts. There is a whole array of personalised gifts on offer, it is another way of finding gifts at affordable prices as well as showing people that you have thought about what you are giving.
So, it seems that people in the 21st Century will not stop giving gifts. Giving gifts is a way of showing that you care about the person the gift is being given to, as well as the special achievement or the special occasion that is being celebrated no matter what the economic climate or the world's finances, the only thing that might vary is the type of gifts that are given.