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Empathetic Gifting

As the saying goes, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” .

How do you know you are buying the right gift for someone?

With Christmas a month away, I checked the Internet  for ideas- and the search threw up some useful links of which started me thinking of how I wanted to approach gift giving.

I agree the search for the right gift is made easiest if you know who you are giving the gift to.

Advice given by http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2012/10/making-christmas-merry-on-giving-meaningful-gifts/   will guide your buying (or making)of a gift because you would know what the person needs or wishes for (empathetic gift-giving).

But what happens if it’s one of those gift exchanges during celebratory events, like Christmas, and you have no idea who’s  gonna draw out your gift from the bag?

I’m a money-saving mum 🙂 I equate saving money with saving time and… I like to be prepared for gift giving for many seasons to come.

Therefore I have decided to give home-made food from now on for Christmas.

These are the few simple reasons :

1) It gets eaten

2) It will not be ‘outgrown’ or ‘go outdated’.

3) It shows the giver took the time and consideration to prepare the gift.

4) It doesn’t leave behind a carbon footprint.

Deciding on what I am going to give beforehand takes away all that last minute shopping madness, thinking …wondering..sometimes agonising….  if it is a gift suitable for the receiver.

Furthermore,it is a gift I had decided on and I am about to make. And…I can plan well ahead what I I would like to make for the gift!

For instance, I will be on the look-out for ‘not-so-sweet’ dessert recipes or ‘no-sugar’ dessert recipes if I know the person is trying to eat more healthily.

I will stop racking my brains season after season what item I wish to give as I already have a ‘theme’ to follow (food)

The only labour  I need to do is continually update my ‘stock’ of healthy food gift recipes.

Maybe why I had decided on food to give is  I try not to give a present to someone that I myself will not like to receive! In my case , it is really not the giver’s fault 🙂

My family know me as  the fussiest and hard-to-please receiver of presents !

And to share, every year, so as not to make it any more difficult  for them to source for the ‘right’ gift, I will post on our family’s organisational planner app what I want…it is less mind-boggling for my loved ones!

There’s something about giving gifts that is very heartwarming yes? We all want the receiver to be happy upon receiving the gift!

We may not always succeed but we maintain optimism and stay positive and ‘listen’ more carefully so that the next gift giving will be a more meaningful one for both the receiver and the giver.

That said, my decision to always give home-made food gifts is not carved in stone. At the end of the day, it’s all about what the receiver wants!

Last thoughts… should we recycle gifts?

My answer to that is ‘Yes’… if you gather it will be a gift much appreciated by the receiver!

If in doubt, improvise – pair it with a considered gift so that it becomes a useful gift. However,…if any doubt lingers, gather the gifts you cannot recycle.. and pack them for an annual garage sale.

You can also check out websites of charity organisations to catch on what gifts are most needed …and organise a donation drive…that is also very meaningful gift-giving !

All Cheers….No Weariness!

Happy Holidays Everyone :))


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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping For A Christmas Party (reusable scarf encasing a flask of home-made vegetable soup !)




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