As the holidays approach, there is a lot of focus on gift-giving that often comes with a lot of pressure. It can be stressful trying to come up with ideas for meaningful gifts that truly show loved ones just how special and valuable they are.
Instead of focusing on the item itself; it’s important to remember that the act of giving is itself a gift. It serves as a reminder to not take those we cherish for granted. How amazing does it feel when you give someone something they truly love? It enriches a bond that you both share. The recipient feels valued and the giver is pleased as well.
One of the best ways to get creative with gift giving is to think of experiences over common objects. While many people appreciate an item or a gift card; what they really remember is how something made them feel.
Give someone a gift of a night out, or a day trip to a new place. If you are on a smaller budget, a handmade or personalized item is a good choice. People appreciate the effort and care that goes into a handmade gift.
My youngest son was given a hand-crocheted shawl when he was born. It was so beautiful and one of the few gifts I remember succinctly because of the love and effort that went into it. It will be treasured forever and handed down. It’s nice to know that you mean that much to someone.
For those of us who create handmade items, it can be a healing and enriching experience to pour love into every little detail. Infuse every stitch, brush stroke, or step of your project with love and gratitude. That energy will bless you and the recipient.
No time for handmade? Another idea is to put items together in such a way that they can be used to create a fun experience. If you have a friend who enjoys tea; give her a lovely, unique tea set so that she can share with others. Pair it with a unique blend she’s never tried to make it a bit more unique. Perhaps you know someone who practices yoga or meditation regularly; give them a basket of healing candles, incense, or other items that will enrich their practice.
The best way to give gifts is to truly know and understand the person. Don’t you just love it when you receive something from your favorite author, or in your favorite color? Those gifts tell you that the person giving the gift truly knows and understands you. It’s a great feeling.
Gifts don’t always have to be about those we know either. Some of the best gifts you can give are to those you may never meet. Donate time and resources to food pantry’s or local charities that help those in need. Spend time giving to your community, or at a local animal shelter. In a modern age that is so digitally connected, our sense of human connection seems to be at an all time low. Participate, be one with others. It enriches all involved.
Another fun way to surprise others is to write a blessing on several dollar bills. You can use something like “Wishing you many happy surprises” or “May success, health and wealth find their way to you”. Any little blessing will do. Take the “blessed bucks” and stick them into secret places – a towel dispenser in a restroom, inside a book cover at the book store, or inside the packaging of other items. The idea is to hide them, but in places they will likely be found. It’s a small gesture, but imagine how much you would smile if you were to find one?
Gift giving can be turned into a way to manifest gratitude and abundance any time of the year. There doesn’t need to be a holiday or special occasion. The best gifts of all are the ones that are given “just because”.