Presenting gifts to each other makes Christmas all the more special. People wait year long for this day and start making arrangements in advance. The concept behind presenting gifts is to celebrate the togetherness and assuring the relationship with the close ones. The process uplifts the happy spirit of the celebration, as it makes us feel cared for. The present can be anything at all.
It is the love and care projected in the act that actually matters. These days, however, Christmas has become much commercialized and gifts are generally expensive. The Christmas was not supposed to be so in the early days. The tradition was to gift a simple thing like a fruit or flowers, or maybe a soft toy. The gifts were not even wrapped or decorated. They were directly presented or, sometimes, were hung on a tree.
Today, people buy expensive hampers and gift items on Christmas. There are even industries that prepare gift hampers according to the orders made by the customers. These gift hampers are well decorated and are generally very attractive. Corporate offices often present hampers to its employees as a way to appreciate their year long effort. Even shops and malls hand out such presentations to its customers to promote the business.
For a close friend or family anything simple can be gifted. It can be a perfume, jewelry, a sweater, a music cod etc. Close ones can even gift each other a movie ticket or a monthly magazine subscription. Friends often intend to gift their pals something which they have needed for a long time. Selecting a gift for someone may often turn into a tough job before coming to the final decision. Some people take months to list the perfect gift for the ones they are close to. Cards and flowers are a very common way to greet at every occasion and Christmas is no exception. Simple authentic hampers are very popular too. These are well decorated small-sized baskets containing wine, chocolates, cookies, truffles and other items, often accompanied by flowers.
Some people spend a lot of time trying to come up with a unique gift for a friend. Some end up gifting a cute puppy or a pair of goldfishes in an aquarium. A lot of people value handmade stuffs. A beautiful painting or a self woven sweater can be of great value. Some compose songs and record them to gift it the person the songs are dedicated too. Recently, some families have been avoiding to expensive gifts. This is in fact a way to discard the commercialization that the world gets to see today even during Christmas. Many years ago, poets and authors had warned against the situation of extreme commercialization already. However, today we are stuck in a situation where we are very used to practice of expensive gifts. Some do so to maintain their status. We must keep in mind that Christmas is the time we thank god for our well-being, and celebrate the bonds we share with people. A gift need not be an expensive one. All we need to do is to decide on what will probably make our close ones happy and content. It may be an expensive car or a piece of poetry.