Five Gift Occasions to Show Someone You Really Care

The world is far from a soft one. The past few years especially have seemingly been chalk-full of turmoil on a global scale. From the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, to the fluctuating economy and sky high inflation rates, to the war on Ukraine, and the war on human-rights right here domestically. All-in-all, there’s a lot going on, a lot of chaos, and a lot of stress. That being said, the little things we are able to do for one another have that much more impact. 

Finding little moments to share love with one another as human beings is more important today than it ever has been before. One of the best ways to show someone you care and to spread the love is with a little thoughtful and well timed gift. This is important to note. The timing of a gift can make all the difference in how it’s received. The following life-events make for perfect gift-giving occasions. If you want to send a gift to a friend, colleague, or loved one, try to time them up with one of the following events. If not, your gift will likely still be happily accepted, but might feel a little random. But hey, that can be special too. 

1. Birthdays 

Birthdays may be an obvious place to start, but that’s okay. Everyone has a birthday, and even though they mean slightly different things to people depending on how old they are, everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday. Whether you’re turning 21 and are officially legal to drink, or you’re turning 30 and taking that big step from young adulthood into full adulthood (whatever that means.) 

Even still, you may be turning a bit older and getting ready to enter the retirement-chapter of your life (lucky you). No matter how many laps around the sun it’s been, sending someone a gift on their birthday is a great way to show them how much you care about and love them. 

2. Anniversaries and Relationship Markers

Every relationship has anniversaries and various markers, no matter the context. Of course, in a romantic relationship, anniversaries could be about a first-date, a wedding, or a proposal. Even still, they could be about a significant move, a work-event, or the day family planning began. These are all extremely special and intimate moments that are worth commemorating with a gift. 

Even outside the context of romantic relationships, there are a plethora of events and anniversaries that could be commemorated with a gift. For instance, in the context of a client relationship, it may be appropriate to send a gift at the end of each long-term project or milestone reached together as colleagues or partners.

A coach, on the other hand, might get a player a gift on the anniversary of their first big game, or to commemorate another major moment in the player’s career. If you enjoy the art of gift-giving, look for these special moments and anniversaries to remember with a special gift. 

3. Dates of Personal Importance

There are other times when the relationship has nothing to do with the moment, and instead it’s simply a special moment for the person getting the gift. There are a lot of situations like this too. For example, you could get a gift for someone on the anniversary of their business grand-opening. 

While this may not have anything directly to do with your or your position in that person’s life, it’s still a major moment in their career that is worth celebrating. And that’s the best thing about gift giving anyway, that it’s not about you. It’s about celebrating someone else entirely. 

4. Celebrated Holidays

Many individuals choose to celebrate any number of seasonal holidays throughout the year. Many of these holidays have some type of gift-giving element. If you’re certain that the person in your life you want to send a gift to celebrates a certain holiday, it’s more than acceptable to get them a gift during this time of the year.

If you’re close enough with the person, and gift giving is a part of your celebration, but maybe not theirs, you could still include them in the gift-giving aspect, just as a friendly and generous gesture. 

5. In Response to an Event

There are a plethora of other events and situations that warrant a gift as well. For instance, if someone purchases their first home, they’ll often throw a house-warming party. This is a perfect opportunity for their friends and families to help support them, by gifting them a few extra things they’ll be able to use in their new home. 

There are other events, too, like if someone were to fall ill, lose a loved one, or get married; all of these events warrant a thoughtful and love-filled gift.

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