Even someone with a passing interest in anthropology can tell you that every human culture is vastly different. In fact, these differences have led to a lot of misunderstandings, from the humorous to the severe, over the course of human history.
As different as our cultures are in every aspect from one another, however, there seem to be a couple of things that people all over the world share in common. One is holding large celebrations on special occasions. No matter where you go in the world, these parties will involve two key aspects: food, and the giving of gifts, whether one is talking about the union of two people, the anniversary of a significant event, or a religious occasion.
You would think that with gift giving as a part of our shared world heritage the process of finding the perfect gift would have been perfected long ago. However, as anyone who has been out shopping has learned to their dismay, gift giving remains a difficult proposition.
Perhaps the sheer diversity of gift opportunities we have today, as far as purchasing goes, has made the process of finding a gift even more difficult than it has ever been. After all, you did not have to worry about shopping around for the perfect gift three hundred years ago; for the average person, a piece of fruit from more than a few miles away was enough to make them swoon. Buy the wrong size or style of bathing suit for your wife this Christmas, though, and you might be in for banishment from the tribe for who knows how long.
Not only do we have more options when it comes to gift giving than we ever enjoyed in the past, there also seems to be a lot more occasions on which gift giving is not only appropriate, but called for. Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, weddings, births, are just a few of the formal occasions. Add to that the times when you just want to give a gift to show someone they are appreciated and you can see that gift giving really still makes our social world go around today.
The purpose of this site is to simplify the art of gift giving for anyone out there looking to buy a present for another person in their lives. Remember that giving an appropriate gift, considering both the person and the occasion, is just as important today as when gift giving was used as part of establishing a human hierarchy. Most of the time, you won't be able to go out for an hour of shopping and find all the perfect gifts for the occasion; there will have to be a lot of thought put into the purchase as well, deciding whether you should get a diamond necklace or a gift certificate for laser hair removal.
This means understanding not only what the person in question wants, but knowing where you can get that item - or those items - as well. We would be greatly understating to say that Toronto is a fairly large place. The city is the largest in Canada and the fifth largest in North America, which means that there are opportunities for buying virtually any gift a person could want, on any occasion. Again, however, the addition of choices does not always make the search for the perfect gift easier. We will take a look not only at what gifts are around in Toronto, but also why certain gifts tend to say more than others.
In other words, we look not only at the practical aspects of gift giving, the nuts and bolts of what gift, but the science of it as well. After all, centuries of human evolution has meant that not only has gift giving stayed as a tradition, it has expanded. In order to get the perfect gift for someone else, it is important to understand why this is so and how it applies to your own efforts at gift purchasing.
Some gifts are more appropriate than others, depending on the occasion. We want you to be crystal clear when it comes not only to your options as the gift giver, but also in your motivations for giving a gift. Every gift says something about the person it is being given to, as well as the opinion the giver has about that person. In order to give the perfect gift, you need to understand what it is saying. And the articles we have on this site will help you in this regard. Take a look, and continue the grand tradition that is gift giving in human society.
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