Giving Gifts That Matter
Thoughtful Gift Giving
How to Give That Special Person a Gift They'll Truly Love
I feel like I'm writing ads for Target.
What I really want to talk to all of you about is how the best gifts are sometimes the smallest, most inexpensive things. For some reason our society has gotten it in their head that the price tag of a gift makes it more important. Its a "good gift" if someone paid a lot for it. How did we get that idea in our heads in the first place? When did that begin to matter?
Pictured is a present I made my son for his 9th birthday. This was his absolute favorite sweatshirt, one that had holes in the sleeves and was two sizes too small and yet he still wore almost daily up until I pulled it from his closet to make it into a pillow. Yes, it looks a little lumpy, and was matipulated even more after snapping this photo to alleviate that some, but I was happy with how it turned out. I actually love that the stain on the pocket is still there. That's my boy.
Making that pillow, though it took time, cost very little. The stuffing was something already in my house (I've needed to do emergency teddy bear surgery more than once), so the only thing I had to purchase was the bright green thread to match the fabric. On his birthday, my son recieved many gifts from friends and family. He opened books he can't wait to read, gift cards he is already talking about shopping with, and even another Under Armour sweatshirt. But the one gift he carried around all day was this pillow. He absolutely loved it, which made my heart sing, and I truly believe it was because that sweatshirt already mattered to him. He now gets to love it even more.
This idea of thoughtful gift-giving isn't limited to homemade items. A few years ago we got a small gift for friends of ours that warmed my heart when I saw how much they loved it. This couple both graduated from Virginia Tech, and both during college and for several years afterwards the wife worked for Disney World. My husband and I happened to find a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal with a Virginia Tech blanket as we were out on Black Friday that year.
A close friend of mine told me years ago that one of the most thoughtful gifts he ever recieved was a wood cut-out of the number 7. There is something about prime numbers that excite his brain more than anything else, and that simple gift showed that the person who gave it knew and understood that.
Yes, that is a true story. I've seen that number 7 on the shelf in his living room.
As you are finishing up your holiday shopping, ignore the price tag. When you come across something that makes you think of a silly story with a friend, even if it is $2.50, don't hesitate to pick it up and wrap it in beautiful wrapping paper with a bow. Those are the good gifts in the end.
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