So how can we get better at picking gifts for the people in our lives?
It's often not easy to buy gifts for people, is it. Well actually the buying part is, easy that is. Buying gifts isn't hard. The hard part is buying one that is really appreciated.
In fact, it often ends up as little more than a hopeful guess - or even a token gesture if the person you're buying for is notoriously picky. After all what's the point of spending ages agonising and ending up with the same disappointed result as if you'd simply done a quick best guess and ordered online.
We've all been there: having to second guess someone's reaction as they seem confused when they first open the gift you bought them. And maybe the sinking feeling of guilt (and yes men I am looking at you) that maybe you didn't put as much effort into choosing it as you could have. Did they really like it or are they just being kind?
But what if there was a way of buying a gift that would pass through the usual guess work and would deliver an emotional experience in way that has a permanence and sincerity about it which could not fail to touch the person who was receiving it' a sincere way to tell someone that you care enough about them and what they mean and do that they have touched your life in some way and you want to show them how much they mean.
We are all alike. We all know where the centre of the universe is. It's us. It is from this position that we all perceive the world in which we live and interact. And it is when someone takes the time and trouble to reach inside this unique place that is us that is has it's most sincere and lasting effect on us.
What is the one thing that people will always treasure. To find out you would have to do no more than look at family heirlooms. It's the personalised things that are always there, Living on when the owner is nothing more than a memory. They may be lying in a drawer, unseen for many a year, but they are never discarded because it is these very things that hold a sentimental value that few would ever lose, but remain in the family, passed from generation to generation.
The bond between a child and their mother is a special one, hardwired into our brain by evolution at the deepest level. A drive that has to be so strong and enduring in order for our species to survive.
Did you know:
In the United States Mother's day was established in 1914 by president Woodrow Wilson due to the tireless lobbying of the so called mother of the holiday Anna Jarvis. Anna held yearly services to honour her own mother and in 1910 she formed a committee to promote its introduction. The first American state to establish mother's day was West Virginia. Towards the end of her life, she campaigned to have the holiday removed from the calendar.
The origins of Mother's day goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Later, Christians celebrated a festival known as Mothering Sunday. This is when sixteenth century church goers used to visit their "mother church". The mother church was the largest or the biggest cathedral in their area (as opposed to the daughter church where they would normally worship). This tradition was known as 'mothering. Over time this tradition took on a less religious meaning and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before enjoying an resurgence in line with the American adoption of Mother's day.
Did you know:
More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.
Mothers Day falls on different dates depending on where you are in the world. . In the UK it is always the fourth Sunday of Lent. Mother's Day in France and Sweden is the last Sunday in May, and in the United States if falls on the second Sunday in May. The mother child bond is such a universal trait of our existence that it is celebrated in every culture.
God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
-- Jewish Proverb
A gift for mother's day is an opportunity. A time to acknowledge the special bond that nature has encoded in all of us. A gift that is personally from you to the one person who is always there for you unconditionally. There is something about a gift that has been personalised that raises it to a much deeper experience. It something that will always be there and bring a smile to the face of the person who received it. It is something that that person will keep forever. Giving a gift with this level of connection is wonderful opportunity and we invite you.....