Exercising prudence in purchasing a present, especially one that a person wants to be considered as priceless by the gift’s recipient is very important. Human beings naturally want to receive something special from people who are dear to them. Each and every person wants to be remembered and to feel appreciated by someone. And receiving a present is one way a person experiences this.
Special People in One’s Life
Among those who are usually closest to an individual are his/her parents and peers. Fathers, who are known as the “Head of the Family,” want to sense being respected by their children. Mothers, who are called the “Light of the Family,” want to feel their children’s love and warmth. One’s peers might be composed of various people, forming several peer groups, which may include one composing his/her siblings.
A person’s relatives such as cousins, uncles, and aunts who are his/her contemporaries (of the same age as the person) can form another group. Another party, that is what usually is referred to by society as one’s peers are a person’s close friends. An individual’s peer group/s – siblings, relatives, and close friends want to be valued and trusted.
Living and growing up with these people establishes unique kinds of bonds – kinships between an individual and his/her parent and/or peer as they interact with one another throughout life. Through the years, both parties will get to know more about one another – each one’s likes and dislikes. Furthermore, both sides usually come to discover what makes each other happy and satisfied the most.
Be Objective When Choosing a Gift
Though having a fondness for someone is but natural and good, it is important that an individual exercises certain objectivity when picking a gift item, even for those who are dearest to him/her. One has to consider his/her financial resources first before purchasing something. This entails taking into account first the amount of money he/she person needs for his basic needs – food, shelter, and clothing. Also, a certain quantity of cash should be set aside for one’s savings and, if possible, an amount that can be utilized for investment purposes.
It is from the amount left after budgeting for one’s basic needs, savings, and investments where a person should get his/her other expenses, which includes the budget for the gift he/she intends to purchase for someone. Prior to undergoing this process, however, a person should have already been considering what possible things he/she is to get for his/her parent and/or peer. It is here where one’s knowledge on the preferences of someone will become very helpful.
It is important to be organized in getting a present for someone special. So an individual should canvass gift items in advance, taking note of the items’ price, quality of workmanship, and source – where to get or purchase them. If necessary, a person can use the internet to research and get more information on these matters.
The person should then create an item checklist containing the information – price, quality, and source acquired in one’s canvassing and research activities. This checklist can now be used by the individual as a guide for doing an objective comparative assessment to determine what among the items is to be given as present. He/she may also want to ask for a second opinion from other people who also know the recipient of the gift if one’s choice is right. It is advisable to keep this checklist for reference purposes.
Different Gift Choices
Presents that are to be given should be based on one’s knowledge of a person – preferences and/or personality, to make the gift meaningful and thus priceless for the one receiving it. Gifts for fathers may range from perfumes, sunglasses, books, cameras, etc. Aprons, pendants, hand bags, colognes, among others, are examples of gifts for mothers. Shirts, knapsacks, caps, goggles, etc. are just some of the possible gifts one can give his/her peers – siblings, relatives, and friends.
It is also important to know that not everyone fancies tangible or material presents. There are five love languages and the giving of gifts is just one of them. Other ways of expressing one’s affection also include the giving of quality time, words of affirmation, acts service, and physical touch. Knowing these in relation to one’s knowledge of people closest to one’s heart can further help a person not only budget his/her finances well but also make what is to be given more important – priceless to the recipient.
Being wise in buying a gift is indeed important since one does not need to spend much and go over the budget to make people closest to him/her happy. Even the simplest gifts – tangible and/or intangible can become priceless to their recipients. All that is needed are a giver’s intimate knowledge of the recipient and good budgeting skills.
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