the simple rules to giving and receiving gifts


On giving gifts

  • be passionate about gifting, the gift should be the great in the act, but can be modest in its form
  • don’t gift if you don’t want to
  • gift randomly, not only when people do expect it
  • when gifting randomly do your best, surprise the other part, make them smile.
  • the gift is not a door to future rewards, it’s ok if a gift never comes back for you
  • No expectation: don’t expect a gift to be used, likeable, whatever. You are giving a gift, not an assignment.
  • hug, but only when it doesn’t feel too awkward

On accepting gifts

  • accept the gift you’re given, unless they require some kind of commitment right away, in that case take your time.
  • be grateful for the gift you’ve been given, honestly, openly, passionately.
  • it’s ok if you don’t like it, be honest without being an asshole, there’s a lot of difference between “this is shit” and “I don’t know if I’ll get to use it”, which might be just the reality
  • even if you don’t like it, give it a shot, it might take you outside of your comfort zone and let you discover new ways.
  • once an unexpected gift is given to you, set a reminder to give back so you won’t forget.
  • hug, when possible (not the gift, the person!)

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