Giving and receiving gifts is supposed to be fun. So, why is it stressful for many people?
Imagine this: You look on your calendar and notice that your best friend’s birthday is coming up. It’s a couple of weeks away, so you’re not in any rush, but you can’t think of anything off the top of your head. A few days later, you again notice that birthday.
You make a mental note to keep an eye out for the perfect gift, confident that you’ll find something. You notice a few knick knacks while you’re out over the next few days, but nothing perfect. You find a book you think she’d like, but you’re worried she might already have it. Now, you’re starting to get a little worried.
You start frantically searching for something but even listicles a mile long can’t help you find the perfect gift. Plus, now you’ve realized that you weren’t accounting for shipping time and you have to buy a gift today in order for it to arrive on time. Suddenly the fun and meaningful experience of giving your friend a gift they will love has become a stressful chore.
Buying gifts is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. Giving someone something they will love is an opportunity to strengthen bonds and relationships. But so often, it has become a stressful experience. There are all sorts of ways giving gifts can cause stress. Some people hate the financial strain. Others worry that the recipient won’t really like it. And sometimes it’s just the entire experience that feels too overwhelming.
The stress of gifting has made it so that some people are forgoing giving gifts altogether. But what if they could just make gifting fun again? Here are three ways you can take the stress out of giving gifts, and bring back the fun.
Give Gifts at Unexpected Moments
Part of the stress of giving gifts is that they are frequently expected at a particular time, for example at Christmas or on a birthday. When there’s a deadline, suddenly, choosing a gift for someone can feel like a stressful obligation, instead of a fun way to show you care. Mix it up, by instead buying gifts for people when you happen to see something you know they would love. To keep it financially reasonably, let them know that it is in lieu of a Christmas or birthday gift. Or make a deal in advance that you’ll forgo gifts on those specific days in favor of gifts throughout the year that are more personal and meaningful. This takes the ticking clock out of the equation and allows for a more genuine and joy-filled gifting experience. Plus, it’s fun to receive unexpected gifts, so it’s fun for the recipient, too.
Travel as a Gift
If you have family or friends who live in far-flung corners of the world, getting to see them is a rare, and often expensive, treat for both of you. Instead of shipping physical gifts, consider saving up that money, and give each other the gift of more frequent visits. You won’t look back at your life and remember all the gifts you sent back and forth with long-distance loved ones, but you’ll remember the time spent together if you give the gift of visiting each other.
Try a New Way of Gifting
Sometimes the most appropriate gift really is a physical gift. And sometimes it really does have to be at a particular moment. The good news is that there is still a way to remove the stress from gift-giving. Eva allows you to give a gift that the recipient will love without agonizing over it for weeks. And it’s fun! Eva is a friendly chatbot who will ask the recipient about what they like and what they don’t. Then, Eva picks out a gift and ships it directly to them. It’s ideal for professional gifts or a gift for someone you don’t know all that well yet. But it can also be a fun way to give gifts to even close friends and family. Any time you want to give a gift, but don’t want to stress about choosing the wrong thing, Evabot is a great option.
Gifting is supposed to be fun! If it’s not fun for you anymore, try mixing it up with these three tips.