Still looking for Holiday Gift?! Let’s GIFT YOUR TIME to Your Dearest Love!
There is always difficulties in choosing a gift, no matter how much you enjoy it. We need new ideas. How can a gift remind the person of ourselves always? What is something that in a gift would make it timeless? We look into the GIFT YOUR TIME service for some fresh ideas.
Gift Your Time was set up in 2006 by Tetsuro Shinoda and Akio Kato, with the tagline “Handmade Happiness”. There are more than 10 artists and 50 gifts of choices right now on the their website. While choosing a gift, you are also choosing the where you would like to the artists.
The service is divided into three processes: to select, to make, and to give.
Through the three processes artists will understand what and how you want to gift a message, and they will give you advices on presenting the message in the final product.
Gift Your Time also tries to collaborate with artists and curators for talk shows and exhibitions.
For example, in 2012, they held design talks with people such as Nakamura Shinichiro, to promote the handmade culture in Japan from a business to a movement and a trend.
Service is something that based on a conversation. In Gift Your Time, users are given the opportunity to understand more about the artists, while this understanding will lead to more respect and attention to handcrafts.
They will also become part of the message to the receiver of the final gift. On the other hand, artists have the chance to listen to feedbacks, it is a chance of indirect marketing through conversation.
Many artists feel uneasy to ask for feedbacks, or simply didn’t have the chance while staying at the backstage of handcraft making, but now they have the chance.
Gifting with Locals
Gift Your Time may also act as an indirect way to reactivate some areas in Japan. Artists registered on this web service are from all around Japan, and with the power of this portal website, everyone could access to these artists easily (though meanwhile, still focusing in Japan).
So, how does this idea for gift sound?
Gift Your Time looks like something even more than a gift. It might be a gift for yourself through the experience of making, a gift to artists through conversation and understanding, and a gift for local through your visit with love.
What’s your plan for the next gift?
[via Greenz.jp written by Junya Mori]
[Editor: Kota Suzuki]