My Christmas gift this year goes to…

Thursday December 20 2018

A gift should be well thought out  and should

A gift should be well thought out and should also be given without expecting anything in return. STOCK PHOTO 

By Joan Salmon

Gifting is such an awesome thing, more so during Christmas because we are essentially celebrating how God gifted us with His son for the salvation of mankind.
To add the cherry to the icing, the birth of Christ was ushered in by the wise men who gave Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh.
While each had its significance, the main point here is gifting. Let us add cheer to the season with a gift or two to our loved ones.
You could also gift that person that may be in need of something because, just like us, we were not in God’s good books but He saw that we needed a Saviour hence gifting us with His son, lest we perish.

Agatha Kisakye
I will be gifting my children because they have done well both academically and project-wise. At the start of the year, they set out things they needed to accomplish and they have done well. I will get the girl a fashion set; putting together various things such as ribbons and earrings and the boy a big volume book because for long, he has been asking for one saying he is tired of reading small books.

Doreen Naluwande
I will give gifts to my husband and daughter because they are the people who are so close and special to me. They also bring the whole Christmas experience to me because they remind me of the days when my parents would get a Christmas tree and decorate it with balloons, cotton and Christmas cards. I will give my husband a bottle of wine and my daughter a Christmas tree to allow her decorate it.

Mark Mukisa
The person I would love to send a gift this year is my wife and children and the best gift I would give to them is my physical presence. This is because as much as I have been physically seen, I need to spend quality time with them, chatting, laughing, and doing something fun, together. I believe we will bond better because on many occasions, one might be present but not engaged.

Clockwise: Agatha Kyarisima, Agatha Kisakye,

Clockwise: Agatha Kyarisima, Agatha Kisakye, Doreen Naluwande and Mark Mukisa

Agatha Kyarisima
Other than my immediate family, this year I will gift those that have helped me achieve my goals. Some of these, I have not met physically but have pushed me to grow to greater heights. I will look at items they do not have and gift them or buy from a friend who makes nice wallets and belts. I have two ladies and one gentleman to thank for the efforts made to make my 2018 better.

How to choose the right gift

Choosing the right Christmas gift can be a minefield and may even cause apprehension and anxiety for some. Here are some tips.

1: What kind of gift?: There are two strategies for finding the right gift. The first is to be “recipient-centric” – where you try to find a gift that reflects the qualities or interests of the person receiving the gift. The second is to be “giver-centric” – which is where you are focused on giving something that reflects own personality or discloses something about you as an individual.

2: Money: Some people like to lessen the risk by giving people money. Receivers generally value money to the same degree as gifts they haven’t specifically asked for. But giving money as a Christmas gift isn’t necessarily a good idea. Christmas isn’t really perceived to be about money and, as a result, may fail to convey intimacy or may instead send an inappropriate message about the unequal status between the donor and recipient.

3: How to react to a “bad gift”: One subtle way of ensuring you get what you want is to ask for just one thing. When we present someone with a list of things we would like, a gift-giver falls into the false belief that we would be just as happy with something that’s not on the list. But if we ask for just one thing, the giver is more likely to realise that we would like that one thing rather than any other idea they could come up with.

4: How much to spend? There are good reasons why gift-giving has become such an important part of the holiday season. Christmas is culturally perceived as a time of giving and spending more of one’s income on others, which is associated with greater levels of happiness than spending money on oneself.

5: It’s not all about presents. While gift-giving may now be an integral part of what many people consider to be a “Christmas spirit”, materialistic aspects of Christmas may also undermine season happiness. Focusing on money, possessions, image and status distracts us from the experiences that enhance our well-being. Instead, focusing on the social aspects of Christmas – the individual family traditions, altruism, kindness and relationships with others – may mean you have a happier Christmas.

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