My brother and I have birthdays weeks apart and recently, after both our birthdays had passed, we had a conversation about gift giving—agreeing that we far prefer giving than receiving. It wasn’t that we were the embodiment of generosity, we decided, but more afraid of being disappointed by the gift we were receiving.
With the belief that a gift reflects the giver’s feelings for the receiver, we both admitted that at times we have been disappointed by a generic gift that showed no thought or even understanding of our interests.
During the holiday season the pressure for gift giving is at a peak, and for many this causes anxiety and a loss of merriment. Before the rush becomes too great, take time to reflect on your own gift-giving style and consider what feels right to you as a giver. It is said that we give in the same manner that we hope to receive. I believe this to be true. When trying to find that perfect gift for someone, think about the gifts they have given; those are likely the kinds of gifts they want in return.
The pages of Ottawa At Home are bursting with ideas. Our contributors have scoured local stores and businesses to make your gift giving a whole lot easier this year. Whether you’re buying for a foodie, a beauty junkie, something for the home, the kids, for him or for her, we have you covered in this holiday issue!
Holiday-Host Must Haves
Arrive at the door with these party-host pleasing gifts to ensure an invitation to next year’s soirée too!
- WINE IN STYLE: WINE AND DÉCOR GO HAND IN HAND WITH THIS BRONZE ARROW WINE CADDY; $149, CADIEUX INTERIORS
- CUSTOM FLAVOURS: A CUSTOMIZED GIFT PACK FROM THE UNREFINED OLIVE LETS YOU PICK FLAVOURS TO MATCH YOUR HOST’S TASTES; STARTING AT $32
- CANDLE GLOW: AURA SOY-BASED CANDLE SET FROM FRUITS & PASSION COMES IN A GIFT BOX ALL READY FOR GIVING; $20, NATURE COLLECTION