|"...I couldn't have lived
through Christmas without giving you a
True to the spirit
of O. Henry's classic short story, we can hardly think of a
Christmas without Gifts.
Christmas is a unique festival of merry making and gift-giving.
The tradition of giving gifts in this season owes its origin to
the Magi who came from the east of Jerusalem to greet the Babe
in the manger with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The
Magi were wise men and their gifts were emblematic of tribute,
worship and death - of Christ considered as King, God and the
Though Magi are associated more with the Feast of Epiphany on
January 6, they can be regarded as the pioneer in gift-giving
tradition that followed the birth of Jesus. In America gift giving
has come to be associated with the Christmas not long
ago. It came in with the introduction of St. Nicholas in
America by the early Dutch settlers. But, giving gifts at New
Year was a common practice, specially among the English and the
French settlers. But the combined German and Dutch influences
in time caused all gift-giving to be carried out at
New York has had a close association with X'mas gift giving
tradition through the years. This tradition was more inspired
by many writers and artists who've had glorified the
gift-giving culture along with the Santa. And it had been New
York with which all their works could somehow be attributed.
From Dr. Clement Clark Moore to cartoonist Thomas Nast,
Washington Irving to O' Henry all happened to be a New Yorker.
Even Charles Dickens read his "A Christmas Carol" in N.Y.
Gifts can be classic, gifts can be wacky, but loveable and
memorable are the ones which are funny, clever, convenient and
Christmas gifts embrace so much of variety, it's amazing to see
their range and diversity.
With so many things to gift with, most of us turn into a
confused lot pondering over. Which gift would be apt? Which one
is to be given to the near and dear ones, to businesses and
bosses, to clients and colleagues and..., well your head starts
So don't let all this confusion take over you. Keep your head cool. Chill
out with some perky holiday music. Get a beverage, get your
Christmas list ready, clear your head, and here you go!
We have worked on some gift ideas and idea-lines for the
festive season of Christmas. Hope you will find them handy and
nifty as well.
We also give some shopping links below, so you can shop from
the comfort of your home. Please do use them to indulge in your
season's shopping spree and help us serve you better.
As simple as a bunch of nice flowers, or a basket of season's
fruits; a box of candy or a pack of chocolates; a piece of toy
or a rare species of sprouting plant; an item of trivia or an
object d'art; sheer utilities like a set of cutlery or
something that pampers luxury like a box of jewelry...The list
can go on and on. However, it ultimately rests on the tastes of
both the gift-giver and the recipient's, the background of
their relationship, along with their age and the social
background. And also remember, gifts might not necessarily be
rich and glamorous in their worldly possession, but make sure
that they're rich at heart.
Take a pencil and a rough pad. Try to virtually out guess the
receipt. Toy with every feasible liking of your gift-takers.
Are they sport lovers or hikers? Keen on new dresses or shoes?
Theater or movie buffs? Party hoppers or getaway seekers? Art
lovers or cool on crafts? Connoisseurs of classical or
contemporaries? Habitual readers or glossy pickers?
Still confused? Be more specific:
* whether they have any special hobby or interest.
* whether any of their relatives or friends could help me find
more about them.
* whether there is an event, theater, etc... they would like to
* whether they would like to visit or see something else e.g.
the nature park, the local zoo, the museum.
* whether they would enjoy seeing any sports event.
* whether there is some sport they would like to try or do
* whether there is some special food item and of some special
brand (if any) they would like have on the occasion.
* whether there is something special that they talk about, but
never buy for themselves?
* whether they are growing. Do they need clothes? Shoes?
Teddies and cuddly dolls? Learning toys? books?
* whether there is a magazine you could give as a gift. Yearly
* whether they have been asked to recommend gifts that they
need or want? If no, ask.
* whether there is a personal item you could create, that they
would enjoy having.
* whether you can help them purchase something that they
Well, Have you thought about these options? If yes, now you
should have ideas abound. If you still are nail biting, a Gift
Certificate is always an option.
Great is also the idea of gifting a ticket to a favorite
sporting event - may be a football or baseball match to ride
the crest of excitements; or an entertainment show - like a
movie or concert and, of course, to a theater show, if it
agrees with the receiver's choice and matches your
Well, to top it all, send and recommend
this section of only4ukids to your friend (s)
anywhere on earth with a customized message of your own.
Just to let them realize the way you do care for your friends