Have you ever said it’s really the thought that counts? I have to express the kindness behind an act or gift, however imperfect or insignificant the act or gift may be.
As we approach the final days of the holiday gift giving season, we can feel a little empty and frenzied. It doesn’t have to be this way though if we elect to choose more meaningful and creative ways to give. Here are a few tips that you may find helpful.
- Choose a gift that gives back. You can find wonderful products made by people in need and that serve a social purpose. Companies like TO THE MARKET offer great options and the recipient will feel good knowing the story and the cause behind your gift.
- Use your listening skills. Think about conversations you’ve had with family and friends. Did someone mention a certain book or household necessity? Now is the time for recall and buy that special book or toaster. Your recipients will be amazed that you remembered these things.
- Create memories. Buy a membership to a museum, zoo, aquarium, gym, AAA or spa. Give a year’s subscription to a magazine or a gift card to a special restaurant.
- Help someone to develop an interest and your gift will last a lifetime. Give the gift of lessons….musical, art, dance, gymnastics, etc., or pay for a course in a subject your recipient expressed an interest in.
- Make a donation. For the person who has everything, make a gift in his/her name to a local charity, church or cause. It is a wonderful way to give to those less fortunate.