We humans are simple creatures. Feed us, love us, keep us warm and don’t cut our electricity. That’s enough to keep most of us relatively happy. Some require a bit more attention than others, but on the whole we’re a pretty easy bunch. Anyone who has experienced true happiness knows that it comes from within, and the beauty of humanity lies in our ability to understand and appreciate this. There’s nothing wrong with living your life as you see fit. But, ultimately, all sentiments lead to one underlying fact – it’s the simple things that count.
Many use Christmas as a platform from which to show both love and appreciation. Few things in life tug on those heartstrings like seeing the joy on a child’s face as he or she tears open those presents. Or the pure, unadulterated happiness of an elderly parent receiving something special. Christmas is a time for many things, and among them are love, appreciation and joy.
And what better encapsulates these elements than the joy created by the perfect gift? However, a common misconception is that the secret behind a perfect gift lies in its price. Society has come to value overt symbols of material success, perhaps sometimes to its own detriment. As a result, many of us make the mistake of thinking that if it’s not expensive, it’s not enough. The irony, of course, is that nothing could be further from the truth.
As previously stated, sometimes life’s greatest pleasures come from the simple things. Often, these are things that money can’t buy. Memories, a good laugh, a well-timed hug or a shoulder to cry on. You can’t put a price on human emotion. It’s the small things that make the biggest impact.
Sure, if you have the money and you know someone’s been eyeing a new bracelet, go forth and conquer. But, sometimes, people value what they NEED far more than what they WANT. The hard reality is that it’s a tough economy, and even essential everyday items are becoming increasingly hard to afford.
There’s a saying that goes, “I remember when I was younger, people would give me expensive gifts for my birthday, now all I want is a full tank of petrol”.
You’ve doubtless heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts”. You’ve probably heard it so many times you groaned out loud while reading that. Well, turns out it does.
You’re probably asking yourself “what counts as a thoughtful gift” at this point. Well, stress not, we’ve got you covered. Here are some practical gifts that won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
Cooler bag, made with insulated foam to ensure your food stays cooler for longer, and a high-quality lining for easy cleaning. Available at Woolworths, R109.99.
3-piece Cheese Board, for those long-overdue cheese and wine dinner parties. Available at @home, R299.00.
Sandals, starting at R24.95 from Ackermans.
Essence beauty essentials starting from R99.99 at DisChem.
Bath essentials from Clicks starting at R59.99.
Remember we also offer our shoppers Woodlands Gift Cards to be loaded with any amount of your choosing*. Mall gift cards are available from the info desk in front of Truworths. Click here to learn more: https://bit.ly/2itNnAz
For the most part, many of us don’t care about the price tag. What we value more is the person behind it. A gift that’s practical, helpful and serves a purpose often holds far more value than its expensive, single purpose counterpart. We wish you all a wonderful festive season and hope that you’ll make Woodlands a party of your Festive Shopping experience!