Giving gifts is an old habit of human beings… as ancient as our existence on this planet!
Our cavemen ancestors used to give gifts to show love, appreciation. A tribe leader used to give presents to his clan members who were a part of any outstanding achievement.
What were the gifts?
It could be an unusually shaped rock, tree bark or animal tooth.
In Medieval age personal gifts of betrothals were given as dowries which ranged from coins to precious metals and other items.
As tools developed, came the concept of engraved gifts.
Just like an engraved pocket watch and other engraved items we present today, during the ancient period (500,000 years ago) engraved stone gifts were offered to gods and rulers.
We have found some such stone carvings in the Serengeti Plains of Africa.
Why Did People Engrave?
One of the purposes of engraving was to record history.
One of the typical engraved products found in Egypt (approx. 2000 BCE) were scarabs.
A scarab is an oval or beetle shaped carving in that was frequently worn as an amulet like engraved watches we wear now. Such scarabs were usually inscribed with the names of pharaohs and other royal persons.
Giving Gifts: Why Is It Important?
A considerable amount of research has been done over the years in understanding the psychology behind the gift giving.
Here are some findings…
We feel happy. Interestingly, it is found that it brings more pleasure to the giver than the recipient. The entire process of thinking, research and final selection involves time, energy and budgeting too. All the time during the exercise we have the intended receiver in mind.
For example, if you are thinking about gifting something to your husband, boyfriend, father, uncle, mentor or who so over you want to give, all the time you remember the person, his personality, likes, choices while picking up the right gift. Be it an engraved wristwatch, engraved pocket watch, champagne gifts, pocket tools or whatever.
Elevated State Of Mind
We feel fulfilled, better, and with a sense of purpose.
Gifting improves connection, and a feeling of a reciprocal bond both between the giver and the receiver. This improves our state of being.
Research says this releases endorphins, the chemical triggering a positive feeling, similar to morphine, (especially nowadays with the option of a variety of gifts with easy engraving option available where in we get a chance to inscribe our personal messages too!).