One of the cultures that has been borrowed form the west, apart from Christmas are effective ways of gift giving away from the shelling of thousands of francs to impress someone by the financial value of the gift other than the intrinsic value.
Gifts should be unique and special, not only on Christmas but on other memorable days like birthdays, valentines or weddings. Gifts should communicate the message of the bearer as well as capture the mood of the moment without appearing cheap and common.
Money can make the act of gift giving much easier but it is no substitute to creativity. However in certain cases money can buy a good gift. For corporate companies, human resource managers do not have to struggle to find a good gist of gifts for employees, all they need is to give Nakumatt Gift vouchers which offer one a chance to shop whatever they want within the value tag of their gift voucher. For parents who would like to dole out something fun and pricy to their children, a gift voucher would work because clearly generation gaps do not auger well for similarity in tastes for gifts.
A lover would fancy a cinema ticket, or a trip out of town, but remember that if you are the kind who would like to up your romantic game and score some points with a Christmas trip, crowded destinations are a complete no-no.
If you trust your talking skills a calm water destination would be ideal, because the words would sound more romantic with the background of the splash of the water – the message is not necessary in the words but in the environment. Many people do not remember their first love because of the person, but the song that they used to hear, the places that they used to go – the environment.
But, please, do not write a speech; too much talking turns them off, try a poem, tacked where they can’t see it until you are not there. Poems will work for people who appreciate the art not your Primary Three drop out lover in Ntasho.
For business associates or workmates, don’t buy a personal gift like socks or underwear – you might get shot! Try a scarf with colours of their taste for the ladies, a fancy pen or a watch for a man, again depending on the level of you relationship. For personal women friends, an album, a picture frame or something along those lines would do. Otherwise, a woman’s best friend is of course the diamond, if you can afford, but an exotic chocolate would do. Make sure it is not available everywhere, even if it is not expensive.
If you are the type who has the personality to defend a good romantic risk, try lingerie, but please know the sizes and read her mood, ask someone her size in the store to guide you. The lady should try a good pair of well fitting boxers. Nothing sucks like a loose one.
Remember that Christmas will be over by the 26th of December, so don’t shell out the last franc on a nice gift and then when it works, you cannot afford an outing of soda to follow up! You end up looking like a loser.