This is especially true with regards to gifting, where it’s becoming easier and easier to get lost into the sea of ordinary gifts, like an anchor-less boat. It’s imperative to find a beacon in the sea. The first step is to recognize what makes an ideal gift.
What makes the ideal gift is that when you look at it, the first name that comes to your mind should be that of the recipient. It’s unlikely easy cop-out gifts will have that effect. It should be something so unique, that it should seem as if the item was specially made for the recipient themselves. A gift so creative, it plays right into their interests and likes. And a gift of utility, which they should’ve never seen before, yet a gift that’ll make them wonder how did they ever live life without it. A gift that makes them smile from ear to ear, at the mere action of opening it.
That all sounds so wonderful on paper, but now you’re wondering how do you actually put this in practice. Do you have to go down a mysterious dungeon to find such gifts? Or embark on an endless journey for the promised land? Fortunately, it’s not that hard. Recently, e-commerce websites, such as Bigsmall.in, have been catering to this need for personalized, unique gifts – aimed at revitalizing the lost art of gifting with creativity – and are acting as our beacons of hope in the sea.
Picture this. Your best friend’s birthday is coming up.
There are extremely few people in the world you can rely on more; even fewer whom you know better, and perhaps none who know him better. You set out to find him a gift. After a cursory look, you don’t find anything interesting, and decide to resort back to something like the age-old combination of a tacky card and a box of chocolates, or flowers. A combination perhaps even Neanderthals used as their gifts of choice. Sometimes it’s because we perceive there’s a lack of unique gifting options. Other times, there’s a lack of availability, and we tend to take the easy way out with tried and tested gifts. But times are fast changing. With the evolution of the internet, e-commerce, and globalization, putting the extra effort is now just a click away.
Gifting is fast becoming a lost art, and it’s high time we inject some life into it – and companies such as Bigsmall are pushing us towards that.
“Some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all”, as an old proverb goes. “The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness, rather than its value”, goes another. Now, think back to your gift combination – a card and a box of chocolates. It may be the most expensive box of chocolates. It may be the biggest card. But is it really an appropriate gift? You could gift it to literally anyone in the world, and it’d be fine. Just fine. There’s no thought in the gift – it’s not made for your best friend, it’s for literally anyone in the world. It may be big, it may be small, but is it really a gift from the heart?
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift”. Our loved ones are always there by our sides, in times of need. In times good, and in times bad. In health, and in sickness. Yet when it’s time for their special day, you can’t put in a modicum of thought into finding a suitable gift for them. A boring, yawn-inducing gift is surely not the best you can do.
Such e-commerce websites are now providing unique, niche gifting options for your friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues, according to personality. Gift them something tailor-made for their interests; their likes, dislikes and who they are, and something fitting for the occasion – be it a birthday, an anniversary, a farewell, graduation, or even if you’re looking for creative Rakhi Gifts.
Does your best friend have an unending passion for traveling? They’d definitely appreciate something like a Scratch World Map, a unique map where they could track their travels by scratching the places they’ve visited. Is your brother a big Batman fan? Then a Batman Coffee Mug could be an appropriate gift. Nephew a football freak? Then they’ll love something like a Soccer-Shaped cereal bowl, or a Football Shoe-Shaped Mug.
Does your sister keep reminding you of how much they can’t wait for the next season of Game of Thrones? Perhaps something like a Game of Thrones Music Box will help fill their void. Does your mother often complain about long journeys wearing her out? Something like Travel Hoodie Pillow could keep her comfortable. Does your friend often make poor decisions? Then something like a Decision Maker Paperweight will put that message across in a hilarious way. All such personalized, unique gifts will have a sentimental value, which will far exceed the material value. Would generic gifts ever have the same effect, as these out-of-the-box ideas will?
“Accompanying the unique gift item, we also provide extra dashes of personal touch, with small tidbits such as personalized handmade cards and extra detail to attention on the packaging”, said Aman Hans, co-founder of Bigsmall.in. More so than the gift itself, it’s the effort that counts – it shows that you cherish the relationship with the recipient. It shows that you put some thought into the gift, and that you really care. After all, we reap what we sow – you wouldn’t be so happy if all your best friend gifted on your birthday was something so generic.
The buzzwords of the past two centuries have been development. Technology. Advancement. Humans have been successful in putting men on the moon. They are now plotting colonies on Mars. Processes are becoming more and more automated as we go on – the technological possibilities are unimaginable and endless. We’ve tried our hardest to move as far as far as possible from the Neanderthalian era in every way – then why is gifting still in the ancient ages?
This content is sponsored by Miten Shah.