Gift-giving is one of the smallest yet constant sources of joy in our society. People give gifts because it is how we show love and affection in physical form. A world-renowned book titled “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate” by Gary Chapman would also suggest that gift-giving is one form of showing a deep connection to other people.
Even without the promise of occasions, people would still give gifts to the people they care about. Unfortunately, some people would believe that the perfect gift has a connection to the item’s price tag. You should remember that a perfect gift is not about its monetary value, it’s about showing how much you care. Here are a few classic gifts that are perfect for any occasion, for any gender:
1. A classic timepiece
Even with the presence of smartphones that can do basically anything, including telling the time, watches are still not ancient objects that have lost their touch in modern society. A classic timepiece is a great accessory that ties up a look. For instance, luxury brands like Audemars Piguet and Glashutte Original have established their reputation in this market already.
If you’re a bit short on the budget, you can opt for other affordable brands like Seiko and Citizen. Regardless of the brand, a classic timepiece will always be a perfect gift idea. Choose a minimalist design if you want it to go with basically anything.
2. Statement piece vase
Another timeless gift idea is an interesting home decoration piece. A vase with an interesting design, specifically chosen based on the person’s tastes, is a magnificent gift. Unlike watches that are considered as a personal accessory, a statement piece vase will make itself a part of a home.
Decide on what type of vase material you want as your gift. Glass, ceramic, and porcelain are some of the common makes. If you have the perfect eye for home decor, a statement piece vase for someone you care about is a great classic present.
3. Classic book titles
A voracious reader? Share your love of literary classics and give your favorite book as a way of showing you care. Classic titles like To Kill a Mockingbird, A Room of One’s Own, and Jane Eyre are some that come to mind.
The beauty of classics is that you can give a book title of a genre that the other person is not really familiar with to show them a new perspective. Of course, nobody should judge a book by its cover, but with the booming book cover design industry today, choose an edition with an impressive design.
4. Quality flatware and cutlery
Flatware and cutlery also make it on the list of timeless gifts for any occasion. Much like choosing a vase, there are two major factors you need to consider for cutlery: material and design.
Stainless steel and sterling silver are some cutlery materials that promise quality and timelessness. These are also perfect for both formal and casual dining. Design, also known as the cut and polish, really depends on the personality of the receiver. Consider that cutlery is jewelry for the table. This should match the flatware and other details of a table setting.
5. Lush greenery
Indoor plants that require little to no care is a common gift idea nowadays, but if the person you’re giving it to has a backyard or a lawn, why not go for easy to grow fruit trees? Growing a tree might be a fulfilling thing for someone who has a green thumb.
For beginners, you can choose trees that are easy to grow and are also perfect for the climate where they live. Fruit trees or evergreens are some of the best trees that they can plant near their home. Plum trees are very low maintenance trees. For evergreen trees, Dogwood and Sugar Maple are great for a backyard tree. This might also be a perfect catch-up conversation between you and the person you’re gifting this to.
6. A personalized token
Any item that’s personalized means that you have given a lot of thought to the gift. Something as small as a keychain has more meaning when it’s personalized. DIY gifts do not go out of style.
Putting actual time and effort into designing these personalized tokens also shows how much you care. This is a perfect gift idea for people who love crafting. Personalized tokens are also very unique and hard, if not impossible, to find in stores.
Gift-giving might be a stressful activity for some people, but this is because they put too much pressure on the smallest yet unnecessary details. What actually matters most is the thought you’ve put into these gifts.