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The Art of Giving

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 - 04:00 PM | Dating And Falling In Love | Comments (1)
By Katherine Schober

By Katherine Schober


Birthdays, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July - it seems like we always have something to celebrate. This week is no different. Children across the nation are signing "Be Mine" cards by the masses, girls are watching love-sappy movies like The Notebook, and guys of all ages are scratching their heads. It's official; Valentine's Day 2012 is in full effect.


Just two months ago I was racking my brain and emptying my wallet trying to give the perfect gifts to my loved ones. As February approached, I dreaded going through this process again. Coming up with the perfect gift idea is something I struggle with for every occasion. Considering my boyfriend’s birthday is also just one month away, spending money seems like a never-ending act to me. Since I know I’m not alone in wondering what’s appropriate for each occasion, I decided to set some guidelines for my gifts and spending at each celebration.


I have come to the conclusion that there are four major gift-giving situations for couples: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Each occasion is unique and therefore the gift and money spent shouldn’t be the same for all.


For birthdays, I decided that attention is the best gift of all. Throw a party and make a cake, organize a dinner with all of their friends, or send flowers to them at a public place (like class, work, or a restaurant you know they’ll be at). Birthdays should be all about celebrating that person and showing them a little extra attention.


Anniversaries are a time to step up your game. This gift will require more money and more thought. Of course jewelry is an easy go-to gift for most guys, but what should the ladies give their men to celebrate a relationship milestone? Since men and women have different ideas of fun, I suggest coming up with an activity the two of you can do together that fits his criteria for a good time. Maybe your guy really likes to be active. Rent a kayak for the two of you, pack a cooler, and give him the gift of sharing something he loves with the one he loves.


The Christmas season is one for giving. So when it comes to your gift, you need to be prepared to give with your heart, and your wallet. If you know your loved one has been eying that expensive briefcase or would love a gift card to that upscale steak house, go ahead and spoil them this one time a year. It feels good to give someone something you know they’ll love, and the smile you get in return is often priceless.


If you’re like me and got your beau something on the expensive side pretty recently, then you too were probably dreading Valentine’s Day this year. Not to worry, you don’t have to break the bank (again). To me, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, an emotion that truly can’t be purchased. A thoughtful gift is more appropriate for this occasion than a pricy one. Valentine’s gifts should be creative and express how you feel about that person. Customized picture frames, collages, and sweet poems are great gifts every couple of years that can help you track your love story. In the meantime, try showing your Valentine what this love means to you. For example, my boyfriend loves Star Wars and has been trying to convince me for years to watch them with him. I have been fortunate enough to avoid ever seeing a Star Wars flick and truly have no desire to change that. However, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let your loved one see first hand the many things we do in the name of love. This year, my boyfriend will be getting a t-shirt from his favorite NBA team and a movie marathon with yours truly.


Don’t let gift giving get you down. I know it’s hard to come up with the perfect gift multiple times a year, so take my advice and follow these guidelines or make your own set of rules for each occasion. This will help you organize your gift ideas, spending limits, and get you right on track to master the art of giving.


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1. This is a really good guide! My husband makes more money than me so it's really hard to find the perfect gift!
    Comment By Olivia - Feb 23, 2012 10:07 AM

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