The power of intentional gifting

The power of intentional gifting 

When’s the last time you received a gift that felt like someone said “I see you. I hear you. I’m here for you”?

I’ve received a few of those gifts over the years, some of them bringing me to tears. Not only were the gifts given at a time I so badly needed it, but they were also thoughtfully chosen.

As the holidays are coming up, 

it’s easy to fall into buying and giving gifts out of obligation. Which often leads to the last minute, buy out of the “impulse aisle” at Target sort of gift giving. And if you’ve ever been a recipient of one of those gifts, you may have experienced tears, but probably not of the “I’m touched” kind.  

Since this year has been, you know, a year, let’s try to reduce our friends, family, and colleagues to tears of the good kind. 

First thing. Always make a list.

Early list-making is a great so you can be on the lookout for the perfect gift for the people you want to give gifts to during the holidays. Thinking ahead also gives you time to watch for sales or good deals on specific items you want to buy.

Who should you put on your list?

I’d actually make two lists. One is for your usuals - your family and close friends. 

The other I’d make work or community-connection related. If you own a business or are a manager, go ahead and put employees, best clients, even great vendors. And if you’re an employee, put your boss and any other colleagues who would appreciate a thoughtful gift.

Basically, if there’s someone you want to thank or surprise or make a lasting impression on, put their name on your list.  

P.S. Just make sure that your work-related gifts are within your organization’s guidelines. For more on giving in the workplace, check out our corporate gifting resource here.  

How do I make a gift intentional? 

Consider the person you’re giving it to. Think about their likes and dislikes. I know it’s hard, but try to forget what you like and don’t like and just focus on them. What colors do they like? What hobbies or interests do they have? What is something they’d use every day and appreciate? 

Try to match the item to the person. It tells the person that you’ve thought about them and that you put a lot of time and love into the gift you got them. So, if you know they’ve been stressed and you put together a fun spa package, you say loud and clear that you see what they’re going through and you’re here for them.

And then consider the lifetime of the gift. 

Sometimes a one-use item is ok. For example, there was a time when I was incredibly busy and barely had time to eat a decent dinner. A good friend made me a frozen lasagna as a Christmas gift and it was exactly what I needed. 

However, many times a great gift is one that can be pulled out time and time again. Not only does it add to their daily life, but it reminds them of your thoughtfulness over and over again.

What to do when you don’t know what to get.

So say you’ve thought long and hard about what your recipient likes and doesn’t like. And they’re the type of person has everything and you’re at your wit’s end. Sometimes it’s ok to go ahead and get the gift you’re not sure they’ll like or maybe they already have, but go the extra mile and include a meaningful note. Tell them why you appreciate them, why you got the gift you did, and let them know they’re valuable. Believe me, even if they already have the thing you got them, they’ll be touched by your thoughtfulness.

Gifting is a big part of our heart at Peripeti. 

We believe in intentional fragrance and know that the right scent at the right time has the power to transform a moment. We do it for ourselves all the time, but love nothing more than to give the people closest to us the chance to change their day for the better.  

That’s why, in addition to our gifting collections, we’ve specifically created a Morale Booster Gift Box and a Pick Me Up Gift Box to help our friends and family make the absolute most out of every day.

Let’s finish out 2020 well.

But when you’re prepared and give intentionally, we think you’ll find that not only will the people receiving your gifts feel awesome, but so will you.  

So let’s transform this giving season and make sure our loved ones, co-workers, friends, and clients finish 2020 with a smile on their face.

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