Okay….I’m just going to ask. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? I have. I haven’t done a lot, but I’ve started. Some people get disgruntled by the pressures of the upcoming holiday season. I know I used to when I was a working mother with small children, loads of presents to buy, and very little time and money to do shop with. Each freshly wrapped package had its own message of mixed blessings. But the truth is I truly love giving, whether it is a present or a kind word, or an ounce of compassion, or a sympathetic ear. Whatever your beliefs are, there is usually a certain time of year when gift giving is a part of the ritual of the calendar year. Here are my thoughts on gifts:
Gifts are not only about what is under the gift wrap, but a gift says many things about the giver and their relationship with the receiver of the gift. Some people agonize over each gift, trying their hardest to supply something that will be warmly received by the recipient that they either would like to have or need. In this case gift giving is about trying to please and even about being acknowledged for the sensitivity to anticipate the needs of the receiver.
Others pour money into the situation and express their generosity through the size or worth of the packages, while still others just show up with something because it is expected or the right thing to do.
We all have our methods of being obtuse if we are the gift receiver. “Oh, you don’t have to get me anything,” you’ve heard people respond when asked what they would like for their birthday. Some people really feel this way, but others just say it to appear modest or humble. Some of us mark our calendars months in advance and drop not so subtle hints so that our loved ones will stay on the right track.
Everything on our site at Buyoutsidethebox.com is handmade by an artist or artisan, and I am so very proud of all our selections. Our artists set their own prices and I am proud to say they’ve done a very good job. Absolutely every item, and every piece of art is set at a very fair price. So, I ask you when you have the next opportunity to select a gift for someone you love, think of us first. We have something for everyone’s price range, from hand-crafted writing pens by British craftsman Nick Child to artisan-roasted coffee by Rozark Hills Roasterie to the finest oil or watercolor paintings by our many renowned artists.
To make this whole process easier for you and yours, we have added a wishlist button that will enable gift givers a decisive choice to give their loved ones something they truly desire. This is a wonderful asset to those who want to give appreciated gifts.
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Happy Holidays a little in advance--Ruth Mitchell
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