Lesson from King Henry VIII: Quantity Or Quality?

henry_8_anne

One of the most common gift-giving mistakes is our propensity to equate the quantity of gifts with the quality or value of the gifts to the recipients. As children, we may have counted the number of presents under the Christmas tree or tried to maximize the number of guests at a party to improve our odds of getting lots of gifts. Though we may like to think that we have matured, it’s not uncommon to still make this simple mistake and shower our significant others with lots of gifts that, beneath the surface, hold no real value to the recipient. This problem is not new; in fact, one of Britain’s most infamous kings seemed to suffer greatly from the syndrome of quantity gift-giving: King Henry VIII.

After creating a whole new church in order to divorce his first wife, Henry no doubt wanted to show that he was in love with his newly acquired wife, and subsequently showered her with gifts shortly after their marriage. Dozens of items – gilded dishware, antiques and other decorative items were given. These items were numerous as well as expensive – just about everything was painted or lined with gold.

Alas, the relationship was not to be. Despite his constant gift-giving, Henry’s affection did not last. Anne Boleyn was executed only three years after their marriage – and replaced with another mistress that Henry VIII also showered with extravagant gifts. The cycle continued through several more wives.

Of course, just because your significant other is giving you lots of impersonal gifts doesn’t mean that he’s aiming to lop your head off in the near future! Rather, it’s a reminder that a gift is more than its monetary value; it’s a symbol of how well you know the recipient, and what their value is to you. A gift that is special to the recipient will be worth more to them than any bauble, no matter how much gold is coating it.

Gift Suggestions

Just adding a name to an item someone already owns turns a mundane gift into a personalized one.

Just adding a name to an item someone already owns turns a mundane gift into a personalized one. Personalize your leather gifts.

Christmas ornaments are the perfect example of personalization adding value. An ornament with your unique message becomes an unforgettable keepsake.

Christmas ornaments are the perfect example of personalization adding value. An ornament with your unique message becomes an unforgettable keepsake. Check out available custom Christmas ornaments.

Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *