Thursday, 25 July 2013

How to Reciprocate a Gift With a Gift?

Gift reciprocation or giving return gifts is a common custom followed by many. Whether it’s a festival, or a special occasion, you can reciprocate a gift received with another gift that you have planned in advance. People often ask what they should do when they get a gift from someone but haven’t got anything for that person, and if they should run out to buy a present. The answer is that if you haven’t got a return gift, it’s ok just to offer the gift giver your sincere thanks, and leave it at that. But it’s best if you plan to handle such emergencies by ordering some gifts in advance from a gift shop. 

If you want to establish a gift-giving tradition with your loved ones where you reciprocate their gifts with a gift of your own, here are some ideas that can help:
  • Get gourmet delights packed in unique gift baskets: Many online gift shops offer a bouquet of delectable items – starting from munchies and nuts to chocolates, chips and much more. Depending on what appeals to your recipients’ taste buds, you can get such gifts pre-ordered and delivered at your doorsteps, which you can keep ready to use for gift reciprocation.
  • Go for healthy options: Just like most people these days, if your intended recipient is health conscious and raves about his/her diet, gym routine etc, it’s best to order some health gift baskets packed with fresh fruits that would go on to show how you care for their good health.
  • Wine and beer baskets: The liveliness of any occasion can be taken a few notches above with the right choice of wine and beer baskets. You too can opt for the same to spread the cheer with your return gifts.
  • For coffee connoisseurs: If your intended recipients can’t do without their cup of coffee, selecting some coffee baskets that pack a punch with a rich variety of cocoa and coffee, along with some popcorn or delicious cookies would be the ideal gift to pick. You may even go a step further with your gift reciprocation by choosing customized gift baskets that come with additional items like a coffee cup, or a rustic container embossed with a metal scroll to hold all the items to make it more special, albeit with a personal touch.
  • Sports goods gift baskets: For all those sports enthusiasts, sports goods gift baskets make the ideal choice. So, if your recipients include a golf lover, a rugby or football enthusiast, you can pick sports-themed gift baskets that pack delicious munchies cheese, crackers, cheese sticks, pretzels, nuts, chocolate truffle cookies, smoked almonds etc to replenish the energy levels, irrespective of whether your gift receiver plays the game or just cheers from the sidelines.
  • Flowers: They are great for gift reciprocation though you can’t order them too much in advance as you need them to be fresh and smell great when you hand them over to your recipients. Still, flowers can suit almost any occasion, and you can take your pick from the classic rose and lilies, to the colorful bouquets of purple and pink campanula, tree fern, blue limonium, and leather leaf; cushion pompoms and yellow alstromeria, accented with bear grass, eucalyptus, and assorted greens; lilies, gerbera daisies, pompons, assorted asters, bupleurum, and ruscus; and much more.
  • Gift note jars: If you want your return gifts to bring back the sentiment of an old-fashioned letter, you can opt for gift note jars, which stock personalized notes to showcase the thoughtfulness and effort that you have invested in the gift.
So, there’s no need to panic when you have to select return gifts. Just use the ideas mentioned above and tweak them to suit the tastes and preferences of your recipients.

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