10 gifting etiquettes for selecting thoughtful presents for festivals

By Ruchita Bansal

Giving gifts is a timeless tradition that brings joy, strengthens relationships, and fosters a sense of appreciation. However, understanding the etiquettes of gifting can enhance the experience, making it more meaningful for both the giver and the recipient. Here are ten essential tips that will help you choose and gift something mindful to your near and dear ones.

  1. Understand the Interest of Recipient: Understanding the recipient’s interests, hobbies, preferences, and personality oils the wheels of the best gift. Thoughtfulness demonstrates that you have taken the time and effort to select something meaningful. By aligning the gift with their personal tastes, you show that you genuinely care about their happiness.
  2. Choose Appropriate Occasion Gifts: Different occasions call for different types of gifts. Consider the significance and nature of the event before making a choice. For instance, a wedding gift should reflect the couple’s taste and be more substantial, while a birthday gift can be more personalized based on the individual’s interests. Matching the gift to the occasion adds a special touch and ensures it aligns with the overall theme.
  3. Pay Attention to PresentationA well-presented gift makes a strong impact. Pay attention to the packaging and ensure it is appropriate for the occasion. Use high-quality wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows to make it visually appealing. Adding a handwritten note or card expressing your sentiments adds a personal touch and elevates the overall experience. Remember, the presentation is the first impression the recipient will have of your gift, so make it count!
  4. Respect Cultural and Religious Differences: In a diverse world, it’s crucial to be mindful of cultural and religious differences when selecting gifts. Research and understand the customs and traditions of the recipient’s culture to avoid any unintentional offense. Respect and appreciate the diversity, and choose gifts that are appropriate and respectful of their beliefs and values.
  5. Consider PracticalityWhile sentiment and thoughtfulness are important, considering the practicality of a gift is also essential. Think about how the recipient will use or benefit from the gift. Practical gifts that align with their needs or lifestyle can be highly appreciated and serve as a constant reminder of your thoughtfulness.
  6. Avoid Bad GiftsGiving a bad gift can hurt your relationships, therefore, exercise caution and avoid giving gifts that may be bad or inappropriate. Steer clear of items related to sensitive topics, offensive humor, or those that may carry negative connotations. Ensure your gift choice is thoughtful, respectful, and aligned with the recipient’s values.
  7. Mind Your BudgetSpending more money may not always guarantee a well-received gift. As gifts are not measured solely by their monetary value. Set a budget that is comfortable for you and consider the emotional value of the gift. Thoughtful, sustainable, and personalized gifts often hold more meaning than extravagant ones. Focus more on the sentiment behind the gift rather than the price tag.
  8. Plan Ahead and Be Punctual: Avoid last-minute gift shopping. Plan in advance and keep the important dates on track. Mark special occasions on your calendar and start brainstorming gift ideas in advance. This allows you to find the perfect gift without feeling rushed or stressed. Moreover, ensure you present the gift on time, showing your respect and consideration for the recipient and the occasion.
  9. Share the JoyWhen offering a gift, share in the joy of the moment. Express your enthusiasm and happiness for the recipient. Your genuine excitement will make the experience even more special and memorable.
  10. Acknowledge the Gesture: Finally, when receiving a gift, practice graciousness and gratitude. Express your appreciation sincerely and in a timely manner, preferably within a few days. A personal thank-you note, a phone call, or even a heartfelt email can go a long way in acknowledging the gesture. Show gratitude for the thought and effort put into the gift, strengthening your bond with the giver.

Keeping these essential etiquettes of gifting in mind, you can elevate the act of gift-giving to a new level of thoughtfulness and appreciation. Let the recipient’s interests guide your choices, pay attention to presentation, be mindful of cultural differences, and always express gratitude.

(The writer is the Founder & Creative Director at Izzhaar )