I spend my days creating and growing a gift shop to delight, surprise and make my guests (shoppers and shippers) smile as they leave regardless of their arrival countenance.
So naturally I frequently consider the reasons people give gifts. When I introduce myself in a networking group I describe my activities as solving the ‘S’, ‘M’ or ‘G’ ( Sad, Mad or Glad) events in our lives. So let’s see if we can compile a list of reasons humankind seeks to give a gift.
Here goes and please feel free to add:
- To celebrate – a birthday, anniversary, new home, new baby, new car, first time vehicle license, a new pet, holiday such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Hannukkah or Christmas.
- To cheer, empathize or express hope – a negative medical diagnosis, the loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a job, house fire, natural disaster or divorce.
- To apologize – for harsh words, misunderstanding, jumping to conclusions.
- To ease anxiety or fear over the unknown.
- To demonstrate random thoughts of another person –these are gifts that are most likely to be a the total surprise.
- To ease feelings of homesickness – think of care packages for college students or friends or family who moved away.
- To express love to a new beau, spouse, sibling, child, parent or Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Grandparent’s Day.
- To demonstate pride in someone’s achievements such as Eagle Scout, graduation, First Communion, job promotion.
- To express gratitude or thankfulness for assitance with a project or task or to a favorite coach, mentor or teacher.
- To demonstrate faith in one’s ability to achieve a goal or persevere through a difficult situation.