When people interact socially, certain rules of conduct make for a better experience. Of course there is a wide range of cultural considerations, but for our discussion here we will limit the scope to the world we live in. Gift Etiquette is not something everyone thinks about. Like sending thank-you cards, it seems to be a lost art. But we can all work on improving our habits. Here are a few reasons why we should bring gifts when we attend social events:
Gift Etiquette is Unexpected
An obvious principle in business is to offer what your competition fails to offer. Sometimes called, “Niche Markets,” this concept has produced countless success stories. And when it comes to social interaction, there is an opportunity to shine amongst the multitudes. It’s not so much about competition as it is about principle.
“Did you ever observe to whom accidents happen,” said chemist Dr. Louis Pasteur in 1854. It is because “in the fields of observation, fortune favors the prepared mind.”
Yes, and the “prepared mind” thinks ahead. Bringing a gift is so much more than proving you are thoughtful. People like to partner with folks like that.
Gift Etiquette is Classy and Professional
Depending on the hosts and the context, a gift makes a powerful impact, especially if it is appropriate for the recipients and the occasion. Consider whether it is a dinner party, a holiday gathering, a house warming, a wedding shower, a baby shower, or any number of pertinent events. We want good and honorable people to welcome us into their circles. A small gift goes a long way to achieving that goal!
Gift Etiquette Builds Good Impressions
Hopefully using good gift etiquette is a reflection of the real you. Assuming it is, the result is like magic. People will remember a kindness for a long time. It pays to make this a part of your modus operandi.
The size or price of the gift is insignificant. What you need to focus on instead is what that person will like. – The Spruce
What is the best gift to bring to the hosts of the event? Flowers? Wine? Chocolate? Beer? There is a plethora of appropriate gifts, but it falls upon YOU to make this call. (Don’t bring beer to a baby shower, and don’t bring chocolate to a weight-watcher’s party.)
With family occasions particularly, the Mighty Carver would be a tremendous and appropriate gift. A few come to mind: birthdays, holiday gatherings, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations.
With the reasonable cost of a Mighty Carver, it’s worth thinking ahead.