The holiday season is the best time of year to give presents, your time and/or thanks. This time of year can be made extra special when thought is put into what to give/do for someone. Purchasing or making that carefully thought out item can make receiving more memorable. Someone’s kind words/actions or time spent with them can go a long way during the holidays. Whether you give something bought or made, gifts go a long way in showing people you appreciate them.
‘Tis the season for giving and I think that putting thought into a gift makes a big difference. As the holidays approach, I make a list of people to buy for and things they would enjoy. When you make your list for friends/family, think about what the their likes/dislikes, interests and hobbies are. What things you have noticed the person commenting on that they like? What types of items are in their house? What are their favorite colors? What foods do they like? What toys has your child mentioned they would like? Just because I like something doesn’t necessarily mean that the person I am buying for will like the gift, so taking the extra step to think about what the person would like to receive can help make the gift memorable.
Gift giving can be something baked or made as well! I love when friends bake cookies or candy and drop it by with a special note around the holidays. The friend took the time to bake, decorate and deliver the goodies and those extra steps are what reminds us of our friendship and the spirit of the holidays. Sometimes giving of your time is a precious gift that is cherished whether it’s volunteering or with family members. It is the thought behind the gift and not necessarily the price tag that will appeal to the recipient of the your gift.
Shop and plan early so you don’t have to deal with the long lines and traffic during the holidays. Check for sales and save your coupons to help on your budget. Most of all, have fun and dont make gift giving stressful. By thinking about what the person would enjoy helps take the pressure off of what to buy or make them. Good luck and happy shopping/baking!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life Publications where this article can be found.
Images from google images: gift from zazzle.com an baked items from seriouseats.com.