The Art of Gifting
Christmas is coming!There’s no two ways about it, and that means it’s time to start thinking gifts. Gift-giving at Christmas has been around since Christmas began. Of course back in the day a simple cake would do, or a spring of holly covered in berries. These days, the pressure to buy ever more expensive and complex presents is where it’s at, or where it was anyway… What we love most is the recent move towards the buying of gifts that really mean something to the receiver regardless of cost, or lack of it. Recycle, re-use and re-love. A well-chosen second hand book can mean just as much as yet another M&S jumper, albeit in a different colour to last year!
In fact the big trend now is in making your own gifts. Gifts that have taken time and thought. In the 70s, 80s and 90s, receiving a jar of homemade pickle was frowned upon by most. (What? You didn’t go shopping???) Now we believe there’s nothing nicer than a gift that’s taken love, effort and a sprinkling of skill. Back to the days of the homemade cake, maybe? Personally, as one who doesn’t bake, I’d love a homemade cake! What is for certain is gifts that aren’t looked at or used much beyond the unwrapping stage are rapidly becoming the frowned upon, and about time too. While we’re at it, we should also add that wrapping them in brown paper is the way to go this Christmas. The colourful stuff can’t be re-cycled, so why not use something that can? You could always jazz it up with a pop of red ribbon..?
Giving something personal doesn’t necessarily mean you rolling your sleeves up and covering yourself in flour as you try to create the perfect pastry, it can be simply adding a personal touch. Show whoever it is you are gifting that you really did have them in mind when you chose it, which is what makes Disco Beads the perfect place to shop. From dinner ladies to teachers to friends to shop keepers, there is something for everyone (literally), with the little extra touch added by choosing a colour or colour spectrum that will mean something to them.
As well as analysing all our birth colours every month , we’re going to be getting more and more into colours and their meanings on the blog , so watch this space. In the meantime, here are a few simple tricks to help you pick the right one (especially if you don’t know when their birthday is!).
Is there a colour that he or she particularly likes? One that keeps appearing? On a scarf, maybe? Or how about a colour relevant to what they do? A bag charm in their school colour, or a key ring to match their car? For the host with the most, there are always our wine glass charms You can challenge the receiver to colour match their guests as they hand them out!
Don’t forget, Christmas isn’t just an excuse to party (well, it is a little bit), it’s also the gateway to a whole New Year. 2019 will be here before we know it (there’ll be more about that one on the blog nearer the time!), but why not think ahead by choosing a colour to encourage luck and positive energy next year, like purple, red or orange?
There’s also no question that losing yourself in the world of colour will definitely work as a stress avoidance tactic, so how about that for the perfect self-gift?!