Gifts given from dear friends, and that have never been used, are the category of item that I consistently come across with clients who are in the midst of streamlining their homes. Have you ever received a gift that you knew was given with the best of intentions but you didnʼt have a clue how to use it, where to display it, or what to do with it? This creates a dilemma because our fear is that by giving the gift away we are disrespecting the friendship, and therefore, we choose to store it…for years. Most of the time, it remains unused and forgotten, but kept.
Three key thoughts come to mind in this scenario.
Number 1: Most of us at some time or another have stressed over what gift to give a friend or family member.
Number 2: The height of joy in gift giving is the moment of giving when several emotions are peaked such as love, surprise, and joy.
Number 3: The greatest demonstration of friendship comes when we show appreciation for receiving the gift regardless of its relevance.