‘All I Want For Christmas is…’ A Guide to Gift-giving Philosophies

It’s soon set to be the most wonderful (and perhaps, stressful) times of the year. Yes; the Christmas season looms ever-closer as we approach the five week countdown mark to the holiday! For some (myself included), this may be a realisation that we wish not to comprehend due to our lack of preparedness (or even our status as a Christmas grinch). However, this fact of Christmas’ closeness -being undeniable and unavoidable- is one that we must accept.

As a self-proclaimed philosopher and in an effort to assist with our collective seasonal spirit, I’ve herein decided to provide a practical guide to five philosophies and approaches that govern our gift-giving this season. Which one do you follow?

The ‘Pasta Necklace’ Philosophy

Sometimes, nothing beats a home-made present. Like a necklace made out of bits of pasta, this philosophy of creating a home-made gift is both sentimental and thoughtful. It is a philosophy of gifting aimed at making the recipient feel particularly special; as it is implied that specific time, effort and contemplation has gone into their present.

THE PHILOSOPHY’S PROS:

+ Regarded as sentimental and thoughtful

+ Is likely to make the recipient feel special and cared for

THE PHILOSOPHY’S CONS:

– May not be taken the right way by a person of particular tastes who may view the present created as ‘cheap’

The ‘Last Minute’ Approach

Ah! That dreaded moment when our procrastination, laziness and lack of readiness leads us to leave the gift buying to the last minute! This ‘last minute’ philosophy of gift-giving-however frowned upon societally- is actually a very common method of thought towards present-providing.

THE PHILOSOPHY’S PROS:

+ ‘At least you bought a gift for them as opposed to none at all’

+ The gift’s selection is spontaneous and likely to be intuitive: which sometimes can lead to the best type of gift

THE PHILOSOPHY’S CONS:

– Could leave a sour taste in the recipient’s mouth due to a lack of thought and effort

The ‘IOU’

Even worse than its’ ‘last minute approach’ predecessor, this is the method of seasonal spending that requires the most resilient and receptive gift-receiver. When you’ve forgotten completely or left it so last minute to purchase an item worthy of gifting, this idea of ‘putting your present obligations’ on hold, may be your ‘go-to’ method.

THE PHILOSOPHY’S PROS:

+ May be seen as comical and funny (if taken that way)

THE PHILOSOPHY’S CONS:

– Is most probably going to make the receiver unhappy and even angry

– Leaves the gift-giver the responsibility and obligation to provide a gift later and live up to greater expectations from the gift-recipient

The ‘this is what they asked for, so this is what they’ll get!’ Ideology

The most straightforward of all the philosophies, this idea of getting a person exactly what they want for Christmas is perhaps the most people-pleasing; as there is likely to be no ‘oh thank you for this present I don’t like’ expression on the gift-receiver’s face. This approach leaves little room for creativity however, and may leave the more festively-inclined ‘present-giver’, a little less joyful in their Christmas preparations.

THE PHILOSOPHY’S PROS:

+ Is most likely to please the receiver

THE PHILOSOPHY’S CONS:

– May not make the inventive and excitable Christmas giver ‘joyful’ and fulfilled enough

The ‘Pray for the Best’ Philosophy

Sometimes, we do not really know what our recipient wants for Christmas! Therefore, the ‘I’ll buy them this and pray for the best’ philosophy may likely apply.

THE PHILOSOPHY’S PROS:

+ It’s a gamble that could pay off

THE PHILOSOPHY’S CONS:

– It’s a gamble that may not pay off

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So, there we have it: five philosophies behind giving gifts as well as their pros and cons!

Keep a look out for more festive *philosophical* fun, soon to come to AppleBelleblog!

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