The Christmas season is not just about getting everything on your wish list. That can be pretty expensive and obviously is not what Christmas is about. In my opinion, Christmas is not only the celebration of the birth of Christ (even though He wasn’t born in December), but also a time when we can show others just how much they mean to us, and how much we cherish the relationship we have with them. One way we illustrate this is by giving gifts. Gifts are not just gifts…they are symbols of how we view that person. They reelect what we think of them and how we care for them. Maybe this isn’t the way other people look at gift giving, but I think that finding the perfect gift is an art and that it takes practice and really knowing a person for it to truly show just how much a person means to us.
People sometimes say that handmade gifts are worth more than any present someone can purchase, and I agree completely. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to think of something and then to actually create or make something for someone you care about, they will realize how much you care about them. I have given my boyfriend quite a few gifts since we have been dating and his favorite ones out of all the Christmas’, birthdays, and just surprises, have always been handmade. A scrapbook that took me FOREVER to make, a Michigan fleece tie blanket, and a box of love full of letters and snacks and memories for college.I usually try to organize really special presents around at least 3 things:
Perfect Gift Points
1) A bulk more expensive item (via wish list)
2) smaller items (some from wish list and some from knowing they would like them)
3) handmade (thoughtful and sentimental)
The entire process can be exhausting, and very time consuming, but that is just another way it illustrates that you love someone. Finding the perfect gift is not an easy task, it takes practice, and it takes really getting to know someone to completely nail it. It should not feel like a chore or be a pain in the butt, you should find joy in knowing that you are going to show someone in a tangible way just how much you love and care about them. If receiving a gift brings someone happiness, than giving a gift brings ten times that amount.
My little “Perfect Gift Points” doesn’t have to be done for everyone you give a gift to, just giving a gift and thinking of someone around a holiday is in itself thoughtful. People will know you care about them regardless of if you make them something, regardless of if you give them a gift at all, and regardless of how much money you spend (or don’t spend) on them. Instead, people will know they mean a lot to you through the time, memories, and loving words and gestures you share with them. This is the most important thing to remember and greatest gift we can ever give someone.