A Guide To Intentional Gifting
Laura Lee - February 17, 2022

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Have you ever had to get a gift for a friend or loved one and are unsure what to get? It’s tough when it’s someone in your close circle, and you want to render them speechless with your gift. Also, there’s the pressure to curate gifts that’ll get your romantic partners and friends screaming with pure delight at the sight of their present. So here, we share some tips on getting that loved one, not just any gift, but one that they’ll love.

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A top trick is to think of what they need. Throughout conversations, your loved ones may mention something that could make things easier for them. This item could be a fashion or cooking item. Making notes of these wants and getting them is a guaranteed way to make them blush their thanks. Next is gifting them a want. Again, although wants are not priorities on their gifts list, they make terrific gift ideas. A second tip is to get them something you think would make a meaningful addition to their lives. This tip requires intentional thinking and a great understanding of your friend in question, as they may not realize they want it, but getting it for them will be appreciated.

Above all, nothing beats asking them. Some may argue that this takes away the gifting surprise, but there are creative ways to ask this question indirectly. You may not even need to ask them, but evaluate their reactions to get their answer. Try bringing up conversations on specific things you think they like, and watch their responses to the mentioned items. If your partner is fashionable, taking them shopping and watching them react to various style items gives a pointer to their desired items.
Although curating highly personal gift boxes can be stressful, sometimes it can be a fun experience. Try applying these tips to reduce headaches and make it more enjoyable.