We often give gifts to re-confirm or establish our connection with others, which means that they're a reflection of both the giver and the receiver, as well as their unique relationship. Giving a gift helps us to establish and define our relationships. And it can enhance the bonds with family and friends. Essentially, the act of giving encourages others to give as well – and this does not only apply to our loved ones! Giving gifts to people who are important to us is a signal to them that we care about them and are investing in the relationship. Gift giving is something that should not be a chore. It must come from the heart.
A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or anything. As we grow we require new and different things to function in society. While it feels good to be on the receiving end, there’s a feeling of self-gratification when you are the one who is doing the giving. The ritual of showing how much we care also makes us feel good. Gift giving or exchange is a practice seen in pretty much all corners of the world. Our thinking as a society toward gift giving has changed in the past, and it can do so again. It is natural to want to give and share with those we love. Gifts are an expression of solidarity, in the form of mutual aid and support.
The act of gift-giving at Christmas dates back many, many years, throughout centuries in fact, but lets start with the obvious; the Three Kings. Few holiday traditions hold up against the classic ritual of gifts being left under the Christmas tree. My family buys Christmas gifts for a family in need instead of each other.
Gift giving is an act that can show that you are thankful. Giving and receiving is the purest of reasons to give gifts. Giving is what separates man from beast. How would you feel about not exchanging gifts this year? Surely, the greatest gift you can give someone is your time!