When it comes to special occasions, gift-giving is usually expected. No matter who you are or where you’re from, the act of gifting is embraced by pretty much everyone around the world. But how much do you actually know about the origins and benefits of gift-giving? Read on below for nine gift-related facts you might not know!
History of Gifting
Wrapping Paper Originated in China
The use of wrapping paper was first documented in ancient China, where paper was invented in 2nd century BC. In the Southern Song dynasty, monetary gifts were wrapped with paper, forming an envelope known as a chih pao. The wrapped gifts were distributed by the Chinese court to government officials.
Candles Were Lit for Gods and Goddesses
Ever wonder why we stick candles in cakes and set them ablaze to celebrate another year of life? Putting candles on birthday cakes is a tradition that can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks who burned candles as offerings to their gods and goddesses.
Greeting Cards Originated in China, and Possibly Egypt
The tradition of sending greeting cards can be traced back to ancient China, where people exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the new year. It can also be traced back to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.
Benefits of Gifting
Giving Increases Your Happiness
Giving can help you focus less on yourself and more on others. According to research, giving becomes addictive and the positive feelings increase your happiness. Giving gifts lifts your mood, elevates your self-esteem, strengthens your social connections, lowers stress levels, and it really is contagious!
Keep in Mind
Over Half of Americans are Last-Minute Shoppers
More than 50% of Americans are last-minute holiday shoppers, and men more than women are likely to wait just before the special occasion to select a gift. It has also been proven that, overall, women are better at picking gifts than men are.
50% of Recipients aren’t Thrilled
About 50% of recipients don’t like the gifts they receive. Therefore, giving useful gifts is considered the best way of winning your recipient’s affection. This is especially true for men, who would rather receive a practical gift than something that simply looks nice.
Wrapping Paper and Bags Create Waste
A study done by the Clean Air Council found that an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays in the United States. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags. Assuming 15 trees per ton of wrapping paper, this amounts to 30 million trees cut down just to wrap gifts!
Red is Attractive
Red is the favorite gift-wrapping color. Wrapping a gift in attractive paper beautifies the gift in the eyes of the receiver. According to a survey, red-colored wrapping paper is favored by most people.
Golden Birthdays Occur When You Turn the Age of Your Birth
A person’s golden birthday, also referred to as their grand birthday, lucky birthday, champagne birthday, or star birthday, occurs when they turn the age of their birthday. Example: Turning 20 on the 20th day of the month.
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