I love presents! And I do not even know what I like more — to receive or to give them. When my son was little I loved to watch him run to the Christmas tree right in his pajamas on the trail of candies scattered by Santa Claus, freeze before taking the package in his hands, smile and seem to be afraid to breathe. My boy believed in the existence of Santa Claus for a long time and have never let Santa Claus down.
My son grew up, I became interested in yoga, Japan and minimalism. And I looked at those gifts from the other side. I remember there was one lady working in our department. She was a wonderful specialist and a very interesting person. She seemed to do everything very deliberately in her life. The interior of her apartment was carefully thought out, all the things were in harmony with each other, all the purchases were never spontaneous. So for her the holidays turned into a nightmare. The gifts did not coincide with her taste and desires, things did not match the style, she sighed and said: "You'd rather give me money! I am so sorry! I don't know what to do with all these gifts!»
So looking at the gifts offered by artisans you feel tenderness and delight. But then you wonder — what the future of these things is?
We want gifts to be used as often as possible, we want them to be not only beautiful, but also practical.
And what if you make an intangible gift? It requires no less attention and knowledge about the person you want to bestow. Especially if she is a seamstress as you are.
Now there are good discounts on tutorials. Including Livemaster. Maybe your friend/mom/daughter have been saying for a long time that they would like to learn to knit/sew/sculpt of polymer clay/felt etc. You can purchase a tutorial and your close person will be able to master it at a convenient time.
If you prefer live communication and direct contact with an artisan, you can pay for a tutorial and agree with the artisan. You can give a card with the date and the venue of the tutorial.
2. Photo session
It will remain in your memories. I remember that it was a ritual in my childhood. Everybody dressed up, came up with images and looking at the photos you remember funny moments associated with the photo. Give a family photo shoot with a professional photographer who will make wonderful photos highlighting the best.
Or as an option you can arrange a professional photo shoot of your friend's goods if she is an artisan and doesn't dare to do that herself.
There is a plenty of opportunities. Photography or marketing, foreign language courses or ballroom dancing lessons or cooking courses. You can go there together. And it will be very cool!
4. Beauty session gifts
Today you can find "gift certificates" in almost all salons. Treat your loved ones. It can be a chocolate wrap, peeling or a massage. It is a great opportunity to spend time with a friend and at the same time to become even more beautiful.
5. Going to a concert, cinema or exhibition
Sometimes busy at work and with household chores we do not find time for such events. Of course you should know the preferences well. Classical or contemporary art, ballet or contemporary dance, cinema or theatre?
One thing is for sure, this gift will leave a lot of memories and impressions. Before going, you can sit in a cozy cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.
This is undoubtedly one of the most useful gifts. After all, you should always take care of your health. Give a gym or yoga membership. And by tradition, we love to start all the initiatives on Monday or in the next year :)
But do it delicately, the owner of the gift should not have the question: "Am I fat?"
7. Escape to nature
When did you ski together last time? Maybe you want to recall your childhood and take a ride on a sled? Fresh air, nature around you in all its splendor... What could be better? Do not forget to take a thermos of hot tea and something sweet.
It's for you to decide if the gift will be tangible or not. The most important feature of the gift — it should bring joy!
First of all you give your time, your attention and your love!
Happy holiday to all! Let New Year be full of pleasant surprises!