In Industry‘s holiday issue, I tangle with the idea of gift-giving. Gifts can be desired, expected, inappropriate, or downright creepy. When we feel obligated to get everyone a gift, is the whole point of gift-giving grifted? Love for Sale…
“As with most things in life, there are avowed reasons and unspoken ones for gift-giving. PR adorns pretty much any idea of civilized society, and below its surface sheen lurks all the other things we feel about things but are too polite to say.”
This is really an unofficial homage to my mom, who instilled these ideas in me from the get-go.
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