Gift Giving Definition
A gift or present is the transfer of something, without the need for compensation. A gift is a voluntary act which does not require anything in return. Even though it involves possibly a social expectation of reciprocity, or a return in the form of prestige or power, a gift is meant to be free.
By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other more happy or less sad, especially as a favour, including forgiveness and kindness (even when the other is not kind). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifts
When material objects are given as gifts, in many cultures they are traditionally packaged in some manner. For example, in Western culture, gifts are often wrapped in wrapping paper and accompanied by a gift note which may note the occasion, the giftee's name, and the giver's name. In Chinese culture, red wrapping connotes luck.
Occasions for Gift Giving
• National First Foot Day - The first-foot usually brings a gift of coal and salt. The coal representing "warmth" for the year ahead and the salt representing "flavour". See First Foot Day
• New Years - Among the 7th-century druidic pagans of Flanders and the Netherlands it was the custom to exchange gifts at the New Year... See New Years.
• Gifts under a Christmas tree at Christmas Time or from Santa Claus.
• Expression of love or friendship such as Valentines Day.
• Expression of piety, in the form of charity.
• Custom, such as a birthday - birthday cake is shared by everyone while gifts are given to the birthday girl or boy.
• A wedding (the couple receives gifts and gives food and/or drinks at the wedding reception)
• A wedding anniversary (each spouse receives gifts)
• A funeral (visitors bring flowers, the relatives of the deceased give food and/or drinks after the ceremonial part)
• A birth (the baby receives gifts)
• Graduation (the student receives gifts)
• Father's Day (the father receives gifts)
• Mother's Day (the mother receives gifts)
• Exchange of gifts between a guest and a host, often a traditional practice.
• House Warming - Gifts are given to celebrate moving in a home for the first time.
Homemade gifts have been popular ever since time began and continue to be the most cherished gifts a person receives.
- Gifts-n-a-jar - Nothing beats a gift from the kitchen. Gifts-in-a-jar is considered a "Food Craft" to most people. Years ago it was just a necessity thing to do. Women would take their glass canning jars and fill them up with dry food products and give it to their neighbors who were in need. In this day and time it has turned into more of a Gift Giving Craft. Gifts-in-a-far is the layering of food in jars to look like the colors are stripped (the sand art effect) and we decorate the jar with material and ribbon. We even make our own Home made tags to go on the side to dress it up. If your interested in making your own gifts-in-a-jar, here's some of the most popular gifts-in-a-far recipes.
- Flavored Oil Recipes - Infused oils are so easy to make. You can either use extra virgin olive oil for a stronger oil flavor or you can use canola oil if you only want to taste the herbs and not the oil. This is a personal preference. This homemade gift is not only practical but also beautiful sitting on the kitchen counter.
- Flavored Vinegar Recipes - Flavored vinegars add an extra kick to marinades, sauces, and dressings. If you are looking for an elegant and thoughtful gift to make for Christmas, try these savory blends that we have collected because they are sure to enhance any meal. If you grow your own herbs, this is a great way to use up any excess before the growing season is over.
- Aromatherapy - Aromatherapy is therapy through smell. The most popular is through the use of burning scented candles and the holistic aproach of massage therapy through the use of essential ois and blends, mists and sprays and also through the use of candles as well.
- Potpourri - Potpourri can be dry or wet. Dry potpourri is an assortment of dried herbs and dried flowers that are placed in pretty dishes located somewhere in your room. They are very popular placed in bathrooms. Many times the dried assortment is infused with essential oils as well. Potpourri is used to freshen up the smell of any room and make it feel inviting and clean.
- Body Scrubs - Body Scrubs soften the skin while it sloffs off the unwanted dead skin cells that make you look old and dry. Different body scrubs will also have very nice scents which then makes it associated with Aromatherapy. An Exfoliating process reveal your skin's natural radiance & restore luster for a fresher look. This is a popular homemade gift for women at Christmas and birthdays.
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