Tis the season of gift giving. And we all know this can be one of the most stressful times of year––especially when you have no idea where to start when it comes to gift ideas. But when it really comes down to it, the best gifts of all are the ones that mean something special to us. So instead of running into your local coffee shop to snag a gift card and sign your name, consider these 3 ways to be a thoughtful gift giver for the special people in your life.
Make it personal
First things first, make the gift you’re giving personal. Pick out something that reminds you of the person you are buying the gift for. And although that may be a little hard to find during the busiest shopping season of the year, it’s definitely possible if you put in the effort and the stamina to search stores until you find the one thing you know they will love. But an even better solution? Stay on the lookout all year long for Christmas gifts and anytime you see something that reminds you of someone you love, just go ahead and buy it.
Give without the expectation of receiving
Becoming a better and a more thoughtful gift giver is a skill that requires selflessness and grace. When you give a gift just because you expect the gesture to be returned, you lose the sincerity and meaningfulness of the action. But when you give a gift to someone that truly comes from the heart without expectation of reciprocation, you can never go wrong. So give your presents because you want to and you know the people you care so much about will appreciate them––not because you’re expecting a gift in return.
There is something special about a homemade gift that never loses its magic. So get creative and make something yourself for the people you love. It may not turn out exactly the way you planned it, but they will appreciate the effort more than anything else because it truly is the thought that counts.
During this time of year, there is a lot of pressure to find the hottest new gadget or the most expensive present out there. But most times the most thoughtful gifts are the ones that mean the most. So follow these 3 tips to be a more thoughtful gift giver.
Well advised! I might add a 4th. Giving to those in need. Direct giving to a family in your neighborhood who’s going through tough times or a major charity that devotes greater than 85% of donations to their specific goals