It is said that "when we choose a gift, we should consider how we would feel receiving it."
This single thought has created a havoc in my house because I am flooded with strange things, which I would never ever imagine buying or using; not even passing on to my enemies !
I have always believed that gifts should be either consumables or those things, you really know the receiver would cherish.
Checklist to buy a perfect gift for anybody on Hufffington Post.
GIFT = CONCERN & THOUGHT
Gifting for the sake of gifting is a BIG BURDEN ON THIS EARTH.
It creates clutter, hopelessness and economic strain.
When you really putting your money to buy a gift, why not put some heart into it, too? A little understanding of the receiver's profession,education, social circle, hobbies, family can help us make this decision wisely.
WHEN IN DOUBT, GIFT CONSUMABLES (Chocolate,sweets, dresses, flowers etc)
Let's see what other's choose as a gift on wikihow.
15 Steps Guide for Gift Selection
Find a perfect gift for anybody needs a lot of thought. I share with you a checklist based on which you can choose the best possible gift simply by going through that list.
When you zero in on the gift selection then we go ahead with choosing the best sewing machine for gifting.
Usefulness of a gift is a very individualistic term. What could be useful for a 45 year old may not be appropriate for a 5 year old.
I read a joke lately, which was like - The little Sam was wrapping a football as a gift to his grandmother. His dad got curious and asked, why he was gifting a football to the grandmother, when it was of not much use to her!" Little Sam replied,"For the same reason, grandmother gifted me the bible on my birthday!"
Not all sewing machines are for everybody. How to buy a sewing machine?
Everyone loves to receive a gift which is unique. Something they have not used before and something which is so awesome!
For such people, who are always ready to explore so much more and already have their sewing machine in place, you may consider gifting them a set of various presser foot feet kit, which could fit in almost all branded modern sewing machines.
There are many types of presser feet that you can check out to choose right.
Imported 32 Sewing Machine Presser Foot Feet Kit fit for Brother Singer Janome
3- Creates Value
Your gift must add value to the receiver's life. If the person, you wish to present a gift to, at a stage where he/she is struggling to get something done; you can step in with a gift to add value in his/her life.
4- Makes Life Easier
Your gift should be such which could make the life of receiver a little bit easier. If the receiver finds the gift messy, cumbersome, difficult to handle or space consuming to store; then it's unlikely that he/she would ever use it. Reason is - our brain does not like to start things which are difficult to start with! Gifts need not be expensive, they need to be simple to make life easy!
5- Gives Pleasure
All these points go hands in hands but as the personality of the receiver differs, so the gift choices for them.
For a creative person what could be a better gift then gifting her the pleasure to c reat e! That could be in multiple ways. I suggested a few ideas through the shared links but you can explore somewhat similar things on the same page and make the right choice.
6- Latest in the Market
What is old, may not be gold! The old saying has a twist in today's times, when things are changing at a rapid pace. Technology is advancing and benefiting us with better, newer and wonderful features - same goes with the features of our sewing machines.
I remember my mom's sewing machine, which used to be a pain in the neck and shoulders if the sewing project was a little lengthy. I loved sewing but not sitting long hours just to make my dress complete with pain.
In later stage, I bought the machines with advanced features, which made sewing fun and fast.
What we are getting in latest models as built-in stitches, we couldn't think of a decade back. Here, we need to check out that the latest is also time tested and value for money.
7- Makes Life Smarter
What else you need on Earth but something which makes you smarter, saves your time, makes you look cool and trendy all the time. A sewing machine in-tune with a few designer stitches adds smartness and style to your wardrobe. It's no wonder that a sewing machine is an investment for a fashionista!
8- Helps in Achieving Something
It seems easy to buy a necklace or dresses for your loved one. That's perfectly fine when you are in a hurry and just don't bother to think too much about the usage of the gift.
But if you really care, you'll surely think if your gift can make the receiver achieve something more than momentarily happiness!
9- Fulfills a Goal
There is an old saying - if you want to make someone handicapped, feed them forever. But if you want to make them independent, teach them something.
A well meaning gift, which fulfills the goal of the person, who is seeking it; then nothing is like that. A sewing machine as gift can fulfill many goals. Identify the one and fulfill it.
10- Provides a Sense of Belonging
A personalized gift which makes one feel loved and cherished is something, we value forever. I am sure this is the kind of feeling, you also wish to achieve, by gifting something valuable to your loved one.
Some people like surprise gifts but there is wisdom if we suggest our gifting intentions and choose the gift most suitable to the person, who is going to use it. We can suggest a few options and observe the inclination for the gift.
11- Solves a Problem
I have yet to meet a lady, who is not particular about her choices and solutions to her problems.
One of the common problem with most women, especially moms is mending, designing, creating, recycling and solution to all these problems is a good handy creative sewing machine. Which could work like magic!
12- Helps in Saving Money
The biggest irony of our times is that almost everybody looks no less than a celebrity on facebook, instagram and all other social networking sites. But if you meet them in person, they are walking beggars. Clicking with borrowed dresses, accessories and what not!
In earlier times, we could wear a dress in many many more occasions and nobody really bothered to care.
At least, we could repeat the same dress on two different get-together. But our visibility has changed now. Even if it's a small gathering and we deliberately choose to not post our pictures online; there would always be somebody in the group, who would post our pictures and make our dress public.
So, what's better - picking up fights or creating new dresses? Of course, the later. Because it saves your money in shopping, surfing and spending. So, if you wish to make someone realize the value of money, a sewing machine is the best gift to give.
13- Helps in Saving Time
Time is money and we have read and heard it numerous times. But what does it anything to do with gifting?
Why? If you could help someone saving tremendous amount of time, then it's going to be awesome! Saving is the greatest saver of all!
14- Helps in Saving Efforts
A good sewing machine saves in efforts by pitching in with multi utility features and benefits. One can turn a simplest scrap into a great designer piece.
While the older models of sewing machines may give you speed with single stitch feature; the new models add life to creativity.
15- Acts as Investment or Creates an Income
To sum up everything, if we could earn by doing what we love, then nothing is like that!
Sewing can never go out of fashion. In fact, the whole fashion industry's backbone is sewing. So, help someone be self reliant and create an income by a decent sewing machine.
Let's find out how one can earn money in sewing industry.
When you choose a sewing machine for a loved one or someone in your family, then it's not just a gift but a long time investment which is Useful, Unique to the needs of that individual, Creates Value, Makes Life Easier and can also give pleasure by solving the problem of last minute mending. In fact, it serves all the purposes mentioned above.