What do you think of the art of gift giving?

@celticeagle (117648)
Boise, Idaho
December 22, 2009 6:49pm CST
I just answered a post about a anonymous gift card sent to a fellow mylotter. It made me wonder about the nack of giving. Do we enjoy giving people gifts and watching the reciever open it OR do we like to give it anonymously. For me it depends on who it is and what it is for. If it is a family member I like to see them open it and watch the hoped for joy on their faces. If I am helping someone out with much needed money for food or something like that I usually do it anonymously. What about you?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Love to see faces. Only way give money that is needed is with a handshake and leave the money in their hand then leave!
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
I don't know about that.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Dec 09
It is a Union way of helping others that are out of work or need extra money
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Dec 09
It sounds like sort of a family thing too. Like family would act.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I am the same way. I know that if I were in need I might be hesitant to ask for help. That's why I would be anonymous if I was helping someone out. They might decline it if they knew who it was.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
My thoughts exactly.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Thanks for the best response.
• United Kingdom
23 Dec 09
I think that the art of giving is a very nice thing and it can create wonderful and long lasting friendships. It's no use giving all the time and not receiving anything as this is all part of the enjoyment! I think that the act of giving also helps you to bond with someone and it just makes things works somehow! Well, now couldn't be a better time to start giving and receiving! Andrew
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Dec 09
I do so agree with the bond aspect of giving. And not a better time to start.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I'm the same as you. It all depends on who the gift is for. I like watching people open the gifts I give them. But if it is someone who I think needs it but would maybe feel funny or worse...obligated to return the favor, then I do it anonymous. That can be fun too.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
I don't want them to feel obligated to repay me. Gifts shouldn't be like that.
@winterose (39921)
• Canada
23 Dec 09
I am exactly the same way as you. I once left a big box of groceries on the door step of a someone I knew who needed them. I donate to charity when ever I have the money, and yes I do like to get to see the expression on my families faces when I can give them something.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
That's the best!
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
23 Dec 09
Hey celtic, I guess I feel the same way as you do. I love to watch the people I care about open their gifts and see the looks on their faces. But, if it was someone who really needed something that I just wanted them to have and didn't want to make a big deal of it then I would also just do it quietly and anonymously too. I wouldn't want to embarrass them and make them feel uncomfortable about accepting the gift.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
I think so. Because I think alot of people in need are still proud and may want to try to give it back if they know who gave the gift.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
23 Dec 09
i like seeing the surprise and joy on the faces of those who receive my hand made gifts. i have a little gripe. recently we asked each other (a few friends who are very close) what we'd like for christmas so that we'd not end up getting things that people don't want or need. two of my friends asked for magazine subscriptions which i got them. so the mystery and 'joy' of surprise was taken away. i didn't get to see that. for people who need money, yes i agree, giving anonymously is best. the right hand need not know what the left hand does in those cases.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
I do agree.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I think that it is much better to give the gift so the person will know, but it is to help out I'd say being anonymous is a good idea, especially if the amount given is a lot, you can still see the joy on their faces, but they won't have to be embarrassed to know you gave them the money, they'd just be thankful, and surprised, and a bit curious.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
That is nice and the joy of giving is sweet.
• United States
23 Dec 09
I love to give when I feel I should, just mindless giving doesn't do anything for me. I would rather know that I'm giving to somebody that will be able to benefit from it. I don't do it to be recognized, I'd rather participate and be candid then have somebody put my name on a plaque.
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@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
Just when you feel you should, huh? Okay.
@GardenGerty (98075)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I like to do some of both, just as you do. The gift to help others is more of a blessing in secret. It is a joy I can hold close to my heart and feel good about all year long. I love to buy exactly what my family wants and see them receive it.
@celticeagle (117648)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Dec 09
It is nice that you are able to do that.