The Joy of Giving
Do you love giving gifts as much as receiving them?
I know I do. And there’s a good reason for this. Neurologists suggest that our brains are actually wired to derive pleasure from giving. Seeing that smile on someone’s face as they unwrap your carefully thought out gift can give you a big psychological lift. Endorphins are released into your brain which can produce the same euphoric feelings of pleasure and joy we experience after a tough workout or when we’re falling in love - surely in that case we should be giving presents all the time?! Engaging in generosity is scientifically proven to make us happier!*
Gift giving is a fundamental part of human life. A thoughtful and affectionate tradition that originated thousands of years ago when cavemen would offer simple items to prove their ability to provide for a family – teeth and stones being favourites! These days there are so many reasons to gift a loved one a present. It’s not just about birthdays and Christmas. New babies, homes and jobs, weddings, engagements and anniversaries are all good reasons to show some love. And just because! How lovely does it feel to receive a totally unexpected present? – it can completely make your day. Life is short and unpredictable so why not make someone smile and brighten up their day with a little gift. A random act of kindness.
And what about the gift itself? It feels so much nicer to give someone something that you know they’ll really love. That excitement when you hand it over and watch their reaction as they open it is unbeatable. How many times though have you had to make a last minute dash to the shops and ended up buying a present that you're not very proud of? Or you’ve headed to Amazon when you're in a rush and short of inspiration and ended up overpaying for something boring and quite ordinary. We’ve all been there.
We’re here to give you some gift inspiration so you can choose that perfect present. One that is thoughtful, specific and unique. At Hope and Story we have beautiful range of British made products that are of the highest quality - expertly made gifts that are made to last. We’re sure you’ll be able to find something that will really enhance that euphoric feeling you get when giving!
Gifts under £50
We have a great range of gifts under £50 which you can check out here – and here are a couple of our favourites:
A wash bag is something you don't often get around to replacing - a gorgeous and practical gift. A beautiful handwoven wash bag from Scottish designer Amy Britton created from a unique Harris Tweed that's woven just for her.
Got a mate who likes their gin? Elemental gin is made by Nicki and Joe Woolley in their family-run distillery in Cornwall. Using traditional methods and making genuinely small batches they craft each bottle by hand. This selection of miniatures makes a lovely present.
Gifts under £20
A thoughtful gift can be priceless! Here are a couple of good 'uns from our Gifts under £20 range:
Who doesn't like chocolate? This Pistachio, Cardamom, Saffron and 23ct Gold Drinking Chocolate is truly luxurious. Made by The Chocolatier, Aneesh Popat. His scientific background and passion for fine chocolate has made him an award winning chocolatier. He uses natural ingredients and carefully sourced ethical cacoa to make handmade indulgent chocolate in London.
An ideal gift for an eco minded friend, colleague or family member. Battle Green are based in North Wales and produce handmade, vegan-friendly and plastic free body care products. They even plant a tree for every one of their selection boxes sold! This one features lipbalm, soap and deodorant and fits through the letterbox so no need for anyone to be in.
Finding a unique and good quality baby present can be tricky. We have a lovely range of gifts that you can check out here. Here a couple of our top picks.
Silicone teethers from Dot + Doug, a luxury conscious British childrenswear company based in the Cotswolds and founded by designer and mum of four boys Emma Hicks. These teethers are made from the highest quality food grade silicone and have multiple teething surfaces.
How gorgeous are these? The warmer weather is coming and these dungarees from Amamama would make a perfect gift for a new baby. Founded by Kaya, mum of two kids, Amamama's products are handmade with love and care by creative mother-makers in London using African Wax fabrics.
Wedding season is nearly upon us and buying a good gift can be challenging. Most couples these days have a gift list but often the good stuff from it has already been taken. It's also sometimes nice to go off-piste...
A good wedding gift doesn't have to be extravagant. These wonky hollow heart ornaments from Handcrafted by Ally are handmade by master craftsman Alistair Nichol. They are comprised of 100% Scottish oak and no two are the same. A unique gift.
There is a lot to be said for buying a useful gift and that doesn't mean it needs to be dull. This copper casserole dish from Samuel Groves is both practical and stylish. Made in the heart of the industrial midlands, Samuel Groves engineers high-quality cookware made for durability and performance and has been doing so for over 200 years. A good quality British made gift that should last as long as the marriage!
Greetings Cards and Wrapping
The cherry on top!
Great gifts deserve great wrapping paper! Sarah Leaske produces vibrant watercolour art from her home studio in Aberdeen. This gift wrap is inspired by the Orkney Islands.
Send a little extra love with a present card like this 'High Five a Rainbow' one from Dreya Glass. Cornish designer and kite surfer Dreya Bennett hand makes these bespoke glass ornaments that are attached with ribbon to the card - for loved ones to untie, keep and treasure.
Hopefully this will have provided you with a little inspiration. Now let's get giving!
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