You too must be facing two important problems this time of the year. First, how does Santa climb through the chimney, and second, which torments us even more, is what would be the perfect gift for my family, friends and those I also feel close. Because gift giving is a habit we use in the attempt to let people dear to us know they are important to us. This is why we would like to give them something to remind them of it day after day.

Many people gladly give and receive gifts from friends and family. A gift is a symbol of commitment. And accepting it is a symbolic gesture of our disposition to continue the relationship and at the same time an obligation to do so. And the greater importance the gift has, the greater the commitment on both sides, the giver's as much as the receiver’s. But gifts we receive are not always what we would want them to be. So what to do when you receive a gift you do not actually like? Should you pretend that you like it very much anyway or tell the truth? Who knows? There is no denying that the majority of people see gift giving as an essential part of Christmas, nevertheless what is truly important this time are positive feelings, such as happiness, kindness and generosity.

Choosing an appropriate Christmas gift can be a true minefield for some and cause them a great amount of fear and anxiety. Luckily we have prepared for you a few tips to make this task easier for you.

1. What kind of a gift to give?

There are two strategies of finding an appropriate gift. In the first you try to find a gift that reflects the quality or interests of the person the gift is intended to, whereas in the other you are focused on finding something that reveals your own personality or something about you as an individual. Which of the two is better? A research has proven that the majority of people believe the best gifts are oriented on the receiver. Nevertheless, these same people admitted it is awfully easier to buy a gift that reflects the personality of the giver rather than stressing oneself in finding a gift that reflects the receiver to this way prove how much he/she knows the intended recipient of the gift. The trouble with receiver-oriented gifts is that we spend a lot of time pondering on what this person wants or would want to have. A simpler strategy would be to just ask him/her what he/she wants. This way the problem would be solved.

2. Money?

Some people just don't want to take the risk of giving a useless gift, so they rather give money as a gift. However, giving money for Christmas is definitely not a good idea, unless the receiver himself has wished so, because the essence of Christmas is definitely not in the money.

3. How much money to spend on a gift?

Have you ever asked yourself how much money you should spend on an individual gift? Some believe the more money you spend, the greater value you have as a giver in the eyes of the receiver. Others disagree and believe the price makes no difference in this case, because what really matters is the intention with which the gift is given.

4. It is not all about gift giving!

Gift giving in itself does not make a happy Christmas. A much greater importance should be placed on tradition and the rituals connected to it and especially spending time with your family and the well-being of your loved ones.

There is no need for us to focus on spending money and stress ourselves over what to buy for Christmas to this way try and create the Christmas spirit. This can only turn us off. Christmas spirit can be created in a much more simple way. Let us rather dedicate the time we would spend shopping for gifts to the people around us in this, for some, the most beautiful time of the year. This would give Christmas all of its magic. May these holidays be about you giving yourself and the others the best possible version of yourself. A happy, healthy and pleased you, because this is the only way you will make others feel good around you too.

May you have satisfying Christmas preparations.

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