“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” –Maya Angelou
The season of giving is here, yet it has become a society that seems to place so much emphasis on giving big gifts, giving expensive gifts, that often people feel that they can’t keep up, and therefore have nothing meaningful to give. Remember that gift giving should come from the heart. It’s not about how flashy a gift is, it is about the thought behind it. If you are looking for ways to show someone how much you care about them, while staying true to a small budget, here are some things to consider:
- First of all, remember the gifts that have meant the most to you. Most likely, they were gifts that someone put a lot of thought into, regardless of what the gift itself really was.
- Think about what the recipient loves. Do you share special memories with this person? Could you create a photo album or collage of some of those memories?
- Maybe the gift of time is what they would like the most. Consider setting aside a special evening or afternoon to spend with the recipient. You could go for a stroll in a park or watch a movie together at home. Maybe you could spend an afternoon baking. Whatever it is, think about what the other person needs- not in terms of things, but in terms of your time and attention.
- Let your creative juices flow! Write a poem, paint a picture, make an ornament. Whatever you do, if it something that shows your effort and creativity, it will make the recipient smile—and most certainly warm their heart!
Enjoying this time of year does not need to be expensive. However, it should be a time when you reflect on those that you love and consider ways to show them. Remember that the best gifts come from the heart, and you will reap the benefits too by feeling good about the time you put into doing something kind for the special people in your life!
Tamra Hughes, MA, LPC http://www.thcounseling.com