Giving gifts is a great gesture to show love and appreciate people. However, there are many questions that arise regarding how to give the perfect gift. When you are choosing the right gift for someone, you need to consider their age, gender, profession, interests and many other factors before you buy anything. This article will help you make the right choice and also clear up some doubts of your own.
The first step is to decide on the type of gift. There are different categories under which gift can be categorized. A gift or any gift is generally an object given to somebody without expecting anything in return or reward. So, an object is not a perfect gift if the person to whom you are giving it already owns it. But, a planned giving of a gift is always intended to be free and therefore, is a perfect gift.
Gifts can be in the form of tangible items, including jewelry, clothing, house wares, vehicles, gadgets, etc. It is important to determine the receiver’s preferences first before you plan to give presents. Gifts are grouped into different levels. For instance, in the level of tangible gifts you can give books, household articles, clothing accessories, etc., whereas in the level of intangible gifts you can give tangible and other types of services and commodities. You should always try to give gifts according to the preference of the person whom you are planning to give a gift to.
On the other hand, there are various types of gifts in the form of endowments. In the category of endowments, you can give presents like cash, money orders, personal effects, and retirement plans. But, in giving cash gifts, it is important to keep certain things in mind like the interest rate and tax on the gift, as well as the recipient’s liability to tax on the gift amount.
Another type of gift, which cannot be classified under any of the above categories, is something given in connection with the completion of some educational or cultural programs. For example, if the student successfully completes a semester in college, you can present her/him with a certificate of excellence in a similar manner to your graduation gift. Therefore, if you want to present something to your college colleague on his/her graduation day, consider gifting him/her with an award for excellence in a classroom or an educational program.
The above examples of gift types also show that sometimes giving an award in the form of an endowment also works well. In this case, you need to be very careful about spelling the recipient’s name correctly. However, if you can afford to do so, you can always take the time to study the person’s name and find out if it would indeed fit the occasion for which you are planning to present the gift. In addition, as mentioned above, gifting something given as an endowment is completely different from giving something given with an intention to buy something. If the recipient is not expecting an endowment in any way, it would make no sense at all to give one.
Also, gifting with an intention to buy something also counts as gifting with a view to buy. If you want to buy a new car, but have decided not to use the money to purchase it, you can still present the gift in such a way that it indirectly helps the person to buy something. For example, you could present your colleague with a gift certificate for a weekend getaway in a nearby resort. Of course, the quality and price of the getaway vacation will depend upon whether the certificate has been redeemable or not. However, if you are gifting something given with an intention to buy something, it is important to make sure that you do not end up buying something expensive for a person who is not expecting a large gift.
Most people who appreciate the importance of etiquette in the workplace do not feel strongly about gift giving on a daily basis. However, those who give such gifts do so because it has become part of the business-earning process. When you go to buy your lunch at the local fast food restaurant, you don’t take the time to ask if the meal will be complimentary. Instead, you just know that you can get your meal for ten dollars and that you’re getting your money’s worth. However, gift giving with an intention to buy is an exercise in restraint that should be observed every day.