We all like to receive gifts. Normally when we entertain guests they do not arrive empty handed. A bouquet of cut flowers is always welcomed by any lady as it purveys a feeling of warmth and personal regard. A bottle of wine for the host is similarly welcome. Consumables, though, are ephemeral gifts, the flowers have a vase life of at best a few days and the wine os gone very shortly. Chocolates and cookies and sweets are often mixed blessings in these days of diet concerns and regards for calorie intake. Family members are known to swap $10 notes on Birthdays and at Christmas and the kids in the family are often the recipients of whatever toys are the flavor of the month in the toy shops.
Birthday presents are routine and are personal gifts which may or may not be particularly special. There was a period, when many people were feeling prosperous for the price of these routine gifts to be very expensive. However in current economic times this is no longer the case.
It is also customary to give a gift when returning from a trip. The Japanese are particularly good at this and they are called “OMIYAGI” and need be no more than a post card or a leaf but show that the recipient was thought of while the giver was traveling.
Then there are the special gifts, the wedding and graduation presents that tend to challenge the bank balance but are valued as the occasion dictates.
It gives a great sense of pleasure when people we know present us with a well thought out memento. Personalised gifts do not have to cost large amounts of money and are likely to be treasured far more than say an expensive bottle of single malt whiskey (if a man) because he will just drink it, or a box of imported Swiss chocolates as, although delicious, will be a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.
The art of gift giving is an art but not one that is difficult if one has personalised gift ideas. The big trick is to develop these ideas. Many of the ideas must revolve around the occasion. If the gift is just a present to show personal regard then it need not be expensive but should not be a consumable and should show some thought as to the recipient’s likes and dislikes.
It is for this reason that a Agift website is there and the Facebook Fan Page for Melbourne, Australia has been launched. It is unique as it can be found totally on Facebook. Which is great as the gifts it has on it’s catalogue are seasonal and it is very easy for them to continually keep the site up to date. There are Exclusive gifts on there for every occasion.
The next big event is of course Valentines day on February 14. This is a great time for people to select personal and well thought out gifts for their partners. Gifts may be bought and may be beautifully and carefully gift wrapped if so desired.
The website is www.agift.com.au
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia