Zodiac Gift Diary – II

Let’s continue with gift suggestions for the next set of sun signs:

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22): The rulers of the zodiac, Leos are regal, passionate, dynamic and dramatic. Somewhere deep within Leos there is the need to be pampered and treated like a star. They love gifts that spell lavishness and extravagance. Hair accessories, jewelry, a trip to a casino or cards are good gift options for them.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22): Detail-oriented, focused, perfectionists, Virgos take organization and neatness very seriously. They take a practical approach to most things in life, including gift items! To this end, they can be gifted a dictionary, handbag, a wine set or a social calendar. Whatever the gift, just make sure that the Virgo can use it in their daily life.

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22): Forever trying to create balance and harmony, those born under this sun sign love elegance, exclusivity and quiet beauty. Some delicate items, like silk scarf or candle sticks are bound to appeal to them. They would not care for the price tag of the gift. However, the artistic and beauty quotient of the gift would have a great impact.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Very inquisitive, Scorpios have a penchant for mystery. In fact they are the detectives of the zodiac. They hold power and sensuality very close to their hearts. Binoculars, a spy novel or a book on tantric yoga, dark glasses or clothing or a massage set would be perfect for them as sensual, intriguing gifts appeal to them immensely.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Sporty, impulsive, fun loving and optimistic, Sagittarians love adventure sports. Travel related gifts are the best bet for them. Hot air balloon ride or some equestrian lessons would be just perfect.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Ambitious, reliable, old-wordly – these traits define the sun sign quite precisely. A fountain pen, an antique record player or desk, a beautiful watch are good gift options for Capricorns. Do not waste your money buying some newfangled items. Also, Capricorns habitually neglect their creative side, so a craft kit that can tingle a ‘big idea’ can also make for a good gift for them.

Now that you have a better idea of sun signs, Happy Gifting!

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Zodiac Gift Diary – I

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
    ~William Wordsworth, 1806

Most people would agree that there can be no gift greater than a hug. However, making do with a hug is not always possible. So why not gift something more tangible? Studying zodiacs and understanding the peculiar characteristics of each can be a great way of deciding a gift option. Without delay, let’s analyze the zodiac signs.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Simple, unassuming, unorthodox – very aptly describe an Aquarian. Those born under this sign are humanitarians. They love to philosophize and gather unique, vintage, artistic objects. Most Aquarians are even poetic. A true Aquarian would love something offbeat. In fact, an old but useful gadget would definitely appeal to their unorthodox, artistic self. You can try a poetry book, a rusted telescope or a donation to a good cause.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20): Artistic, sensitive, fanciful, unselfish and trustworthy are the primary traits of a Piscian. Wherever they are, Piscians are always looking out for a relaxing retreat and can never get enough of tropical plants, surfing and aquariums. You can pamper their artistic trait with a dance, photography, or music themed gift. A fantasy book is also a good gift choice. Try gifting a foot massage or a spa voucher if you want to get them overwhelmed.

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19): Impulsive, energetic and adventurous…actually Arians are a bit of a daredevil. You can gift them something that will appeal to their daring side, for instance, skydiving or bungee jumping. Arians might also like electronic items. In case you have a more reasonable budget, you can gift them a book elucidating hiking trails or offering tips for some adventure sport.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20): Sensual but practical, simple and uncomplicated, Taurians love to live comfortably. Make sure the gift you give them is a no-brainer. Good gift options for those born under this sun sign are gourmet goodies, dressing gowns or fine wine. You can even consider gifting wallets or handbags, since Taurians are quite money-savvy.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20): This sun sign is the communicator of the entire zodiac. Full of life, talkative, quick witted and energetic – Geminis love color and variety. Since these people have varied interests, selecting a gift for them is easy. You can gift them a book, an electronic gadget or a video game. They are bound of accept all gifts with a genuine galore. However, a good gift to Geminis would be a voucher to a yoga center or a puzzle. Since they are constantly flitting from one idea to the next, some mind-focusing activity would do good!

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22): Sentimental, nurturing and homely, Cancerians tend to love gifts that appeal to these three primary traits. Silver jewelry, handmade items, kitchen equipment, fine wine, chocolates candles, photo frame with a picture that appeals to their memories, or even scrapbooks can prove ideal gift items for them.

For the next set of gifting options for sun signs, keep a lookout for the next post.

4 Steps to Gift Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

After our schooling rigmarole, three of us landed into a frolicking engineering college lifestyle. Pranks, class bunks, all-night daru parties, bird watching, attempts to steal question papers…and sometimes studies…all came to an end after the fourth year. We found ourselves in a big, bad world where we were supposed to make a living. Poor, innocent souls that we were…we tried, we suffered; enjoyed small successes, mourned big failures; but at the end of the day, we were always at each other’s side. We thought nothing could do us apart…till one fine day a GIRL entered one of my friend’s life.

How easily a girl could change a man! It took him 23 years to form his ideals and just 23 days for that girl to change all that! Anyway, after a two-year head-over-heels affair, he landed straight into the mandap. Since we failed to coax him with instances where husbands ended up as mere well-fed servants of their wife, we thought it’s time to buy a wedding gift.

In the midst of our concerns of an erratic boss, unrealistic targets and sorrow over our best friend’s wedding, we failed to anticipate how tedious shopping could be. Let’s get him a Van Heusen suit, we thought. Nope, how is this going to benefit his wife? Okay, then a set of two watches. That would be too costly. Let’s gift them a voucher from Home Town. They can buy whatever they feel like. But they already invested in furniture and home items. Furthermore, we’d have to visit the shop and find out the procedure! Who has that time? Can we just gift them some cash so that he and his wife can select a gift for themselves. That’s very cheesy! C’mon we are his friends and not old relatives! What to do then?

Isn’t there a platform where all of us could get together, contribute little and let him select a gift for himself and his wife? Bingo, there is!

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Step 4: He happily picked up the gift if his choice!

Thank God, we did not gift him a watch set.

Don’t Lose the Joy of Gifting. It’s Precious!

Let’s gift this summer…
…a cotton sari to Ma…
…a retro scarf for Maya and an eyeshade for Kabir…
…a wallet to dad…
…let’s buy some drapes for the room…and also a pink-and-white bed cover.
Oops…that comes up to 6 grand…IMPOSSIBLE!!!

Have to cut down the list a little – let’s leave the drapes and bed cover for later. Can’t cut down on Maya’s and Kabir’s gifts. It’s their birthday after all. Ma gifted dad a wallet just last year. Guess he won’t need one till the next year. So, we are left with a scarf and an eyeshade. OMG, this is still 3000/-! May be I can give a book to Kabir. He likes reading. And a book will come for 500/-. Scarf + book = 1000/-. Okay, that’s decent.

How many of you have gone through the process of planning and slashing down and re-planning? And, in the process, losing the joy of gifting? The ever-increasing prices often tend to dampen the gifting spirit in many.
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Happy Gifting

Why Do You Gift During Special Occasions?

What did you do in your lover’s last birthday? Gave her one of those ‘sweet wonderfuls’? Made her feel special with cards, chocolates and flowers? But why? What was the need for a gift? She would have been fine with some lovey-dovey hugs and kisses? However, you felt the need to gift her something nice because

   

Special Occasions

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Gifting has become so commonplace that no one questions the significance behind it. But how did the concept of giving gifts come into existence? Of course, like every other tradition, the gift-giving custom got reinforced over time.

Ancient Babylonians believed in a supernatural figure called Nimrod. After the death of Nimrod, Semiramis, his mother and wife (yes, he was married to his mother), claimed that an evergreen tree sprang from a dead stump, overnight. To honor this occasion, Semiramis started the custom of cutting down and decorating evergreen trees. This was the beginning of “doing something special” on occasions.

This incident is linked to another in Rome, where people followed a tradition of presenting tokens of good luck, called strenae, to the Emperor. Gifts of gold, silver and expensive apparels were given in exchange of special favors. This tradition was practiced during the festival of Saturnalia, wherein the Romans commemorated their dedication to God Saturn. The festival was characterized by animal sacrifice, singing, gift-giving, feasting and debauchery. This event cemented the concepts of celebrating and gifting.

However, both the occasions were pagan rituals. Gift-giving entered the Christian world when Pope Julius I ordered the celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25, in 350 AD, in an effort to convert the pagans to Catholics. The Bible, too, reinforces the custom of gift-giving, by mentioning the Three Wise Men (or the Magis) who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus.

Despite this, the custom of exchanging gifts became popular only in the 19th century. The tales of Santa Claus coupled with the phenomenon of retailing, made exchange of gifts the central focus of Christmas. During the 1800s, baby showers had also begun gaining prominence in the western society. All this together led to the raging popularity of giving and exchanging gifts, which continues till date.