What the Gifts You Give Reveal About You
People give gifts to celebrate someone's birthday, wedding, retirement, and so many other things. Christmas is the occasion when most people give gifts to others at a set time.
Birthday gifts are given to individuals on their birthdays. Wedding gifts, retirement gifts, and graduation gifts are given only to a select number of people at different times. Mother's Day gifts are given only to mothers and mother figures in May. The same thing happens with fathers and father figures in June. However, Christmas is the only time when more gifts are given by more people on the same date.
Gifts say a lot about the giver, and it should convey how the giver esteems the receiver. It is better to give gifts that show you care and have put some thought into the selection.
Try Not to Give a Grab and Go Gift
Some people grab anything to give on special occasions. That's why some stores have gifts near the cashier so last-minute shoppers can grab and go. If you want to buy someone a gift from 7-Eleven or Wawa, it is fine if you have put some thought into to.
On the other hand, it lacks a lot of thought if you add a gift for someone you care about if you add it to your gasoline or submarine sandwich purchase.
Give What You Would Like to Get
A very good idea is to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. For that reason, some people buy two gifts of the same thing. One is to give away to someone else, and one to keep for themselves.
Gifts Not to Give
A survey was conducted and one person said she was offended when her sister gave her those little bottles and tubes of lotion and shampoo she had collected from hotels. The little bottles either had no brand name or the logo of the hotel that was there for advertising. It was obvious that no thought had been given for the gift selection.
Another person insisted that the scarf she has given her friend for her birthday in June was regifted to her for a Christmas present.
A third person was a little concerned when his friend gave him "goody bag gifts." Those were things he had received himself from conferences over the year. The gifts were conference materials that included ballpoint pens with company logos, notepads, and other samples.
The gift that offended one person was a photograph album that had been used by a previous owner. The album was dirty and photos were left in it from the person who had used it.
It should be easy to select the perfect gift when you know the recipient of your gift. If you have spent significant time with the person you know something about the person, including the person's likes and dislikes. It would not be welcomed gift if you give someone a fruitcake if you know he doesn't like fruitcakes. Besides, he might be a diabetic.
Think of the personality, likes, and dislikes of the person before giving a gift that would not be appreciated. Rather than giving someone an unappreciated gift, ask the person for some choices. It will still be a surprise because the person won't know which one on the list you like you choose.
Kids do it all the time. They give their parents a list of items they want. Before computers, kids would search the catalogs and give their parents the page number that had a photo and a description of what they wanted. Today, companies have a "wish list" on their websites for what people really want as gifts.
Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving
There is one gift that keeps on giving after Christmas is over. It is the gift that came wrapped in flesh.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1)
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." (John 1:14)
The beauty of giving Jesus as the perfect gift is that you can give the gift away and still keep it for yourself.
Most people know that December 25 is the celebrated date of Jesus' birth. However, Jesus can and should be celebrated more often. Therefore, Christmas can last all year long when you keep Jesus in your heart as you give Him away to others.
You limit the wonder of Jesus when you say, "Jesus is the reason for the season" because Jesus is the reason for all seasons. Share Him with others, while also keeping Him for yourself.