What makes a good gift? A question I have been pondering on during the past few months filled with birthdays-Christmas-Valentine’s day-anniversaries-more birthdays. I like to give meaningful gifts as those are the presents I like to receive the most. Something that will be useful, something that will bring happiness, curiosity, knowledge.
Consumerism has also been on my mind lately, especially during these gift-filled months. Do things really make us happy? Do gifts bring us happiness in those 5 seconds – 10 minutes- 1 hour after we open them, but never replenish that happiness in the following months? Are we obsessed with owning things, and more things, expensive things, pretty things, because they ultimately bring us happiness?
I believe that every appreciated gift brings us joy. But not all make it last, to the point where we forget about it and another gift comes along.
Minimalism encourages giving experiences as gifts – and I like that idea. An experience stays with us forever and there is no waste involved. A little holiday, a relaxing de stressing spa, a wine tasting session, entrance to an art museum, a musical, a concert. No tangible object. A great more emotions.
Meaningful experiences. But can objects be good gifts too? I believe they can.