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There is a lot of pressure today for people to conform. It can be seen in the fashion people choose, to type of job people may have, and even the kinds of gifts they buy.

A celebration nearly every month

Almost every month there is something important to celebrate – a national holiday, a worldwide one, or something very personal.   Whatever the occasion, most people would like to be with the one they love; and for special occasions, gift them with something to show their appreciation or affirmation.

What the public says is right

However, as mainstream media and social media present the so-called “wants” of the public, numerous people feel that pressure to get what others believe would be appreciated. If not, then people fear that the receiver of the gift may not truly like what was given. But not only can such a gift be costly, as many "recommended" presents are, it can also be devoid of that personal touch. As such, it can create a sense of emptiness, knowing that the item may not have been as thoughtful as it could have been.

Going against the norm

Fortunately, many have recognized this dilemma and are taking steps against it. They are choosing gifts from the heart rather than simply overspending on presents. And, for many, it is working – loved ones recognize and appreciate the thought behind the gift.

Something handmade

There are a variety of handmade options for that special occasion. Good food is something that always seems to warm the heart. Others with skill may stitch together a special sweater or a blanket, or perhaps draw a portrait or create a statue, or make something simple yet very personal as a letter from the soul.

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Other customized choices

But as the pros at Magnets.com point out, a personalized gift does not always have to be handmade. With the many personalized services out there, some decide to order a special t-shirt displaying something important about the relationship, or even a matching pair of his and her towels. There are also decorative coffee mugs, custom made refrigerator magnets, or engraved pens and pencils to pick from.

In the end, what matters most is that the gift comes from you and not from the collective say-so of the people around you. And that is something priceless that your loved one will be able to appreciate for years to come.