I have always preferred to give thoughtful gifts. I hate it when paucity of time makes me buy something generic. I would rather bake a tea cake with love for someone I care about than give an expensive watch. And I find shopping for gifts stressful too. I want Kabir inculcate this habit as well but I didn’t want to force it on him. So, I asked him to personalise notebooks on http://classmatestationery.com/ and create gifts for Christmas for whoever he wants. The process is very simple – you select the size, the bind, number of pages and then upload the image you want on top.
Kabir decided that he wanted to use his doodles for some and wanted Leo’s (our cat who passed away) image on one. He got really engrossed in it and made me order 12 instead of a pack of 6. He ended up thinking about what his friends loved but the biggest surprise for me was the notebook he ordered for me and it had a runner girl on it 😊 I just wish we had thought of this as the return gifts for his birthday instead.
And in the process, I realised yet again that in order to connect with kids, we need to involve ourselves with activities they relate to, rather than making them do things the way we did when we were younger.
And here’s a few reasons why I think personalised gifts make so much more sense –
- It’s the thought that counts – Cliched much? I don’t think so. Having a gift personalised for the person you care for, will show that you have put thought and care into your choice.
- It’s a memorable gift – Every other gift usually is just a thing. Personalised gifts tend to have a story behind them and remind people of a happy time, making them special and treasured.
- Personalised gifts are suitable for all ages and genders – With all the variety that’s available nowadays, it can be incredibly difficult to buy gifts. Specially in case of return gifts for my son’s birthday, it’s really tough to choose one as there is a mix of his friends and cousins. In that regard personalised stationary like Classmates notebooks seem perfect.
- No one else will have bought the same gift -There is nothing worse than feeling like you have bought someone the best gift ever; only to find that one of their other friends has bought them exactly the same thing. This can be easily avoided by choosing personalised or handmade gifts instead.