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Is it better to give or receive?

As the season of giving rolls around, The Peak ponders the merits of both.


Denise Kok
Features Editor

We’ve been socially conditioned to accept that it is better to give than to receive. But I would argue that the act of receiving is a powerful force that sparks a multiplier effect of giving. To receive is to accept the kindness of another being. To contemplate the notion of kindness is to subvert – or perhaps suspend for a while – Freud’s belief that human nature is inherently evil. And if good should reign, the act of receiving sows the desire to pay it forward.

Liao Xiangjun
Features Writer
Gifting feels like a much more monumental task then ever before. Everyone’s so well-travelled, and social media and the internet have leached some of the mystique out of life. It’s thus hard work trying to impress through gifting these days – more rewarding, perhaps, but deep down I delight to be on the receiving end… or just off the gifting one.

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The act of putting together a well-meaning gift is fun and an opportunity to get my crafting juices running. The best part is to see the receiver’s smile; that always warms me up.    Jasmine Tay
Friends and family may think that I, a lover of new wearables, rejoice in the receiving of gifts. But, beneath my easygoing exterior is the heart of a sartorial snob, and most fashion-related presents die a slow death in the darkest corners of my wardrobe. Also, I’ve always believed (admittedly, largely unsubstantiated) in my prowess as a gift-giver.  
Lynette Koh
Watches & Fashion Editor


Gifts will eventually end up in landfills, or add to the burden of the earth. Cook dinner, throw a party. Experiences are more memorable.  
Jennifer Chen