*This is a guest post*
Almost everyone loves gifts, most people think that’s because we love receiving them, but that’s not exactly true.
The real joy of gifts lies in giving and giving well.
That means giving gives that are meaningful and magical.
But what exactly does that mean?
Most Gifts Aren’t Meaningful
The thing is, most of the time when we buy others a gift, we buy things that we ourselves would like to receive and even though we have the best of intentions, it’s actually not an ideal way to go about it.
Because it’s essentially bulldozing the receiver’s entire personality.
But don’t worry, they likely don’t even realize that though, people love getting stuff even if they don’t realize what it means.
And besides, there’s a chance they could actually like it, a little bit.
So maybe you’re thinking that people have been buying gifts like this for eons and we’re all still just fine and you’d be absolutely right.
I’m hoping, however, that since you’re reading this you realize there’s a better way, that stuff isn’t (and shouldn’t be) just stuff and stuff needs meaning.
Or else, what’s the point of it?
I’m sorry but as a minimalist, and a realist, that’s just not a good enough reason to let things pile up my life.
The Value Of Meaningful Gifts
Of course, value means different things to different people.
To me, value is about quality, durability and above all, functionality but to you, it could be something different.
There’s also something to say for the sentimental value that gifts hold, but if you buy right, there will be equal parts of real-world value and sentimental value.
With all that said though, here’s why meaningful gifts are really worthwhile:
It Shows That You Pay Attention
Along with the obvious thoughtfulness that gifts tend to bear, there is something greater that a meaningful gift translates which regular gifts could not.
What exactly is that?
Attentiveness, thoughtfulness – you may be wondering what the big difference is.
There’s a massive difference between thinking of a beautiful garden and noticing what flowers are growing.
Giorgio Armani, the famous fashion designer, and creator of the self-titled Luxury Fashion House said it best when he said:
“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” -Giorgio Armani
And that, my friend, is the foundation of all things functional, exceptional and unique.
Which, after all, is what meaningful gifts are all about.
It’s Worth More Than What You Paid For It
Meaningful gifts have this way of multiplying in value, especially if you’re buying someone a house. (kidding)
But seriously though, something small can mean much more to someone than a Ferrari, unless you can actually buy a Ferrari – in which case you should always buy a Ferrari.
Kidding, sort of.
Anyway, as I was saying.
Even if you are buying someone something that literally only costs $5 but it provides a solution to one of their common problems it’s worth 10 times what you paid for, if not more.
A few years ago my sister started her own baking business with the few pennies she had and she had very little money to spare at the beginning.
The problem was, at the time they lived in an area that was plagued by flour mites.
You can see how that is a serious issue for someone who buys 22 lbs of flour a week.
So as a business warming present, my husband and I bought her some gigantic plastic containers for her different ingredients and some dry-erase labels so she could mark them.
It wasn’t what you would call a fancy gift, but man did she love it.
She still uses them to this day, 8 years later.
It Will Be Useful Or Special
If you have a guy in your life, either your dad or brother, bf, whatever, who works in a physical job such as construction, carpentry, or maintenance, you probably know how much that job can wear down things like watches, phones, wallets and obviously – clothes.
My husband and my dad both work in a physically demanding job, and I make a point of replacing some of those items as they wear down, but naturally with something of much better quality that’s got some durability.
For their birthdays, I usually do some wallets or phone cases or clothes for them, I always get personalized, good quality wallets and mark their clothes because for some reason construction guys keep stealing each other’s clothes.
I don’t know, it’s hell of a weird to me too.
The point is, even though this is a special sort of gift, it’s also useful and you can bet that it will be used daily or otherwise and not be standing in a pretty glass cupboard as a super expensive white elephant.
Proves That You Truly Know Them
I’ve talked a lot about useful gifts, but what about that person we all know who has everything and doesn’t need anything at all?
What in the world do you get them?
If you’re thinking a smells set or a gift card, let me be the first to tell you that nothing says ‘I don’t really know you’ like perfume or gift cards.
This is where it proves extremely useful to really know your friend or loved one.
You can easily find trinkets or gadgets for someone who likes making this.
Or for a beauty fanatic, you could find a great new product that they could add to their make-up kit.
They Will Think About You Every Time They Use It
Thoughtful and meaningful gifts have this awesome residual effect on the receiver.
It sparks joy ( any Marie Kondo lovers here?) and thoughtfulness every time they mindfully use it.
That means they will feel grateful and think of you and how sweet you are for buying this for them.
Meaningful gifts create joy, abundance and knit loved ones closer together.
It’s kind of amazing, don’t you think?