Gift-giving is one of the five love languages, and for good reason. We offer gifts as a sign of our love, appreciation, and affection for someone. The best gifts are often handmade and sentimental. You could offer someone a birthday cake, a poem, or a single stem flower. Gift giving is entirely personal, and it can lift someone’s mood that day.
However, gift-giving can also be quite stressful if you can’t find the right gift. Aim to find something that person needs or wants. For example, an avid baker may want some fun cookie cutters or a new cookbook. Look at the person’s hobbies and interests and base your gifts around them.
You could also go down the luxury route and buy them something they wouldn’t normally buy themselves. Buy an indulgent chocolate set online with a lovely bottle of wine to go with it.
Time is the best gift of all – arrange a spa day for the two of you to spend some quality time together. After the last year, we could all do with some extra time with our loved ones.
The tradition of gift-giving goes back thousands of years. It’s hard to imagine a world where gifts didn’t exist. Here are a few theories on the history of gift-giving on birthdays.
It stretches back to ancient times
Like the Persians, Greeks, and Romans, most ancient cultures did not celebrate birthdays every year. Instead, they would celebrate momentous milestones in someone’s life. For example, they would celebrate birth, becoming of age and marriage.
Nowadays, we prefer something a little less adventurous: a birthday cake. Wealthy Persians celebrated births with baked camels, cows, and donkeys. The romans celebrated the emperor’s birthday with gifts and wild parties. Roman parties often got out of hand, and religious sectors even attempted to stop them. It seems the emperor was a bit of a party animal.
Gift-giving is also in the Bible
Gift-giving plays a huge role in the Bible. It all began when the three wise men offered gifts when Jesus was born. There are numerous stories in the Bible about gift-giving from then on.
There’s also some talk of evil spirits
Hundreds of years ago in Europe, people believed that evil spirits would haunt them on their birthday. Communities would protect the birthday person and bring presents to ward off evil spirits. Gifts were symbolic back then.
Choose the perfect gift for your loved one so they can feel extra special on their birthday this year.