Why do we give gifts?
At its core, gift-giving is the practice of turning feelings like love, warmth, appreciation, and pride into physical keepsakes. It’s one of the too few opportunities to convey to loved ones just how much we really love them.
We all occasionally need the practical gifts that accompany birthdays, graduations, and other celebrations, but do they really give the recipient the warm feeling that comes from giving a gift with meaning? A gift that holds precious memories, a gift that is truly unique to the recipient is what shows your love for them. It shows that you have taken the time to think about the most precious thing in life and that is family.
But, once the basics are covered, most of us really just want to relive (and prolong) our best memories, honour our closest relationships, and fill our lives and homes with mementos that encourage us to savour the meaningful connections we have with one another. In other words, gifts that recognise what really makes us happy.
It sounds like a tall order, but here is our guiding principles of sentimental gift-giving:
Below, you’ll find a few of our favourite thoughtful gifts that work for everyone from newlyweds to grandparents to best friends.