It is better to give than to receive.
Giving is an art, and this art requires some thought. After all, what's the reason for the gift? It might be to please the recipient as part of an obligation, or it could be because the recipient is someone you truly appreciate.
Here are some do's and don'ts to consider when it comes to gifts and giving. You probably know it already, but a little reminder won't hurt:
1) Do make the gift presentable. Wrap it, attach a pretty ribbon, put it in a nice bag.
Something that represents the item being a gift. Looks do matter, and first impressions, whether it be people or things, tend to linger in our minds.
2) Do pick the best, if not perfect, timing to present your gift. Early is good, on time,
perhaps but never, ever late. Gifts that are received late would be perceived to be an afterthought. You'd want the recipient to know that you're sincere, because you are (right?).
3) Do make the gift something that's borne out of thought and effort. These two factors are what makes the gift special and memorable.
1) Don't show up empty handed. Ever. It might be tempting to think that the birthday boy or girl would just be thrilled to have you attend the party, and you might be told that you don't need to bring anything but yourself and your appetite. Whether you're the best of friends or just acquaintances, a little gesture is not going to hurt. Besides, it's courtesy.
2) Don't spend beyond your means. At times we might get carried away and wish to get the perfect gift, even though it might be a little beyond what we can afford. Gifts don't have to be expensive to be appreciated. A little time and effort can go a long way to finding or making a gift that will be truly liked and appreciated.
3) Don't expect something in return. Yes, when it's your birthday or anniversary celebration coming up next, perhaps there might be some expectations when it comes to gifts that you'd expect to receive. I suggest to let it go. You might be happier that way. Give without expecting to receive in return.
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