One of my favorite things about Christmas is giving…giving of your love, giving of your time, giving of yourself. To me, the giving of gifts is actually receiving. No, I’m not talking about the person that receives the gift. I’m talking about that little selfish part of me that loves that feeling I get when someone is happy with my gift. I think that gifts are both giving and receiving. For this reason, I try to make each gift special for each person by putting thought into who is receiving it.
Some people would run to the store and buy 25 pairs of gloves to give as gifts, just so everyone receives something. Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but think about that…how much thought when into everyone getting gloves? The thought is not just that you had them on your Christmas List, it’s that you thought of each person as an individual and what he or she might really like. It’s about being humble and showing appreciation and gratitude for the blessing that each person is.
As an avid crafter and DIYer, this often means creating the gift myself. Now, I’m not unrealistic…I know that times are tough and we can’t all afford to purchase a gift for everyone in our lives. I also know that time is hard to come by and we all can’t fit crafting tons of gifts into our schedules. I know that some people receive a card and that’s it. But, it’s a personally signed card with a little handwritten message to each one. That is also putting thought into it. If you give someone a $5.00 pair of gloves, they see a $5.00 pair of gloves. But, if you give someone a gift that you created especially for them, they see the thought, the love, and the effort that went into it. The price of how much it cost you to make it never crosses their mind.
Here are some wonderful ideas that I’ve found around the web from some very ingenious people on how to create thrifty yet thoughtful gifts.
(Click images to see tutorials.)
These are just a sampling of the ideas that are out there in bloggy land. I’m definitely going to make some of these for gifts this year.
Did any of these get you motivated?
What other ideas have you come up with? I would love to see them. =)
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