From a small act of kindness like leaving a treat for someone else to a large-scale holiday present, gifting is one of the most common ways that people show their loved ones and others how much they care. In fact, giving gifts is more than just a nice thing to do; it has benefits for both the giver and the receiver.
In a general sense, the word “gift” can mean any kind of property or money that is given to another person for free or less than its market value. This can include cash, land, vehicles, life insurance policies and other assets.
The practice of giving gifts has been around for thousands of years. In fact, it has been shown that our closest evolutionary relatives use gifts as part of their mating rituals (chimpanzees give food to their mates and gibbons give grooming and sex tokens to attract and retain mates).
Gifts can be used as a way to express affection or gratitude, whether in response to a special occasion, to celebrate a milestone or just to let the recipient know you’re thinking of them. In addition to making a positive impression on the recipient, giving gifts can strengthen relationships and build loyalty.
For business owners, it is also important to give gifts as a way to show appreciation for clients and customers. This can be done by sending a personalized gift card or even something as simple as a box of chocolates. This can help foster a strong relationship with the customer and may lead to repeat sales in the future.
When choosing a gift, it’s important to consider the recipient’s personal interests and needs. For example, if someone loves to cook, a kitchen gadget would be a great gift. Likewise, if you have a friend who always wants to try new beauty products, a sample set could be just what they need to find their next obsession.
It’s also important to choose a meaningful gift that will be appreciated by the recipient. For example, a gift card to their favorite store can make them feel appreciated and can be used for purchases that will bring them joy. On the other hand, a random gift that isn’t useful will be forgotten very quickly.
The Gift of SERVICE
Those with the gift of service have a passion to help and serve others in a way that is often behind the scenes and is less public than other gifts. Those with this gift serve without expecting anything in return and often go above and beyond to help those who are struggling or need extra support. This gift is seen in acts of service throughout Scripture such as feeding the multitude, ministering to sick believers and evangelizing. Those with this gift are able to help other believers grow in their faith by showing them God’s love and grace through their actions (Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 16:15-16).