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Mar 282011

Perfection is impossible only for a handful of things in the world—and they do not include your search for the perfect gift for your special person. Difficult, yes. Impossible, no. Looking for the best gift ideas can give you a headache, either literally or figuratively—or both. Three things can cause such a grave discomfort: time, effort, and budget. Let me prescribe three things to relieve you of that figurative headache.

Time Flies (by aussiegall)

A Spoonful of Time

Time is precious. Undoubtedly, you live in a modern and corporate world. Even if you don’t, you cannot avoid the effects of modernity and corporate environments. That kind of world is populated by people whose calendars, organizers, and planners are almost always brimming with tasks and appointments. In short, you are living in a world with scarcity of time and an overabundance of things to do. In that world, do you still have time to look for the perfect gift for your loved ones? No? You should.

In a time-scarce society, it is easy to fall into the temptation of buying mass-produced, heavily commercialized gift items or to delegate the task to an assistant. To do so is to risk giving gifts that could potentially be meaningless or superficial—and all because you didn’t spend some time to look for the best gift idea for your loved ones.

In looking for that special gift, take at least a spoonful of time, or more.

Popsicle Stick House (by AForestFrolic)

A Dose of Effort

David Viscott, who was known years ago as the “Psychotherapist of the Airwaves,” used to talk about the three worst things that anyone can do. The first is to spend time in silence and hurt, and in wondering—without ever knowing—whether one could have done something about it. The second is to not give in to what you want even though you know what you desire. The third and the worst is to never try.

Contemporary society is so technologically advanced that life has become luxurious for many. You can actually accomplish a lot without exerting too much effort. Yet, you still need to exert effort, otherwise any plan will never materialize.

In gift giving, effort is still needed—from conceptualizing the best gift idea, to the task of shopping for that special gift or of actually making the gift with your own hands, up to the delivery of the gift to the recipient. If you think you can conjure a great gift idea without investing some effort into the process, be prepared for great disappointment.

Remember that spoonful of time I told you about? Use it with a dose of effort in finding great gift ideas for your special person.

Being Creative with Wax Crayons (by netsnake)An Overdose of Creativity

Money, they say, makes the world go round. Almost everything you do these days involves spending money in one way or another. That includes buying the perfect gift for dad, mom, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, friends, and almost everyone else. If you’ve got the dough, go ahead and splurge on those great gift ideas.

But, what if you have a tight budget? Does it mean you can’t give that special gift? Not necessarily so. Ever heard of creative gifts? Some are for sale and are expensive, but most aren’t—especially if you have a lot of creative juices to squeeze.

Seriously, you don’t need a lot of cash to come up with the best gift. All you need are a creative mind, a great gift idea, and a sincere heart. Use your creativity—instead of going beyond your limited budget—in making a special gift to give to someone. You can try improvising. Use materials within your reach. In the presence of a creative mind, even the simplest and the most ordinary items, when put together, can become the best gift ideas to give away.

Three things can stand in the way of your gift giving: time, effort, and budget. But, if you give enough time to the process, exert enough effort, and balance creativity and budget, those three hindrances can actually become stepping stones towards giving the perfect gift to your beloved.

Photo Credits:

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aussiegall/5142802726/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stampinmom/4941388821/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/netsnake/4022801992/


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