- LOVE to Give Gifts-- Changing your perspective on gift giving can make all difference between a good gift and a bad one. I love to give gifts usually, but sometimes it can be a chore. I definitely notice that when I look forward to giving, my gifts are more thoughtful, generous, and appreciated.
- Learn from the Woman Who Gave Her Last Coin--Jesus appreciates our gifts so much more when we give from our need, instead of our excess. Giving out of a generous heart doesn't always have to mean you spend more than what your budget allows. When I find the perfect gift, sometimes I end up spending more than I wanted to, and sometimes I spend less. The point is that the object of the gift is not about money. When I buy gifts only according to a budget- it shows. Gifts are an expression of the heart- generous or otherwise.
- Be a Thoughtful Gift giver--This means you always keep in my what the recipient of the gift wants or needs. You may like the idea of giving a beer kit (ahem...Eric take notes!) but that's not being thoughtful. Taking notes- mental or otherwise, is the best way to show you care. When I lived with my in laws, I learned what they liked and didn't and was able to give some of the best gifts to them based on what I've observed. Now I know to give my Father in Law homemade guacamole...and not a gift card. Thoughtfulness goes a long way in giving good gifts.
- Give a Little Luxury- Emphasize "little" because a little goes a long way especially when they know you can't afford a "big" luxury. This goes along the lines of giving what the other person wouldn't normally buy themselves, but would like to! Brand names, designer names, haughty boutiques: little things from these places and names- even if they are on sale or clearance!-- means you went out of your way to show you care. A pair of luxury cashmere mittens compared to a cheap wool sweater is an example of something that probably cost the same, but is smaller, nicer, and more appreciated because I would never go out and by those luxury mittens myself.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Art of Gift Giving
"The Art of Gift Giving." You can check out her advice, but here I want to relay the few tips that I have found to be helpful in my quest for perfect gifts and hopefully you can add some of your best advice as well.