Spread the Joy with Thoughtful Gift-Giving

Thoughtful Gift-Giving

Gift-giving is one of the most fulfilling aspects of the holiday season.  Generally, people will think of the joy of receiving a special gift for the holidays. But being the giver of a meaningful gift can be even more gratifying. Great gifts are really more about the thoughtful intention behind them than the actual gift itself. A holiday gift is well thought out and might include something homemade or something cozy for the home.

Embracing the spirit of gift-giving should start with thinking about the person you are giving to. Look into their interests and hobbies. Really think about what makes them happy. Listen for any mentions of clues as you interact with them. Ask mutual friends or family if you’re still stuck.

Once you are ready to shop, try locally owned stores and artisanal shops when looking for a great gift, as there tend to be more unique finds. Some may even have homemade gifts or art from local artists. While you are in the store, remember to keep focused on the receiver’s preferences, not your own, and keep an open mind. Wrapping your special gift is nearly as important as the gift is. The wrapping is the presentation of your gift, so it should be neat and festive. Some ideas for gift wrapping might be; a natural-looking and cute cardboard box, wrapping paper with snow, birds, or nature on it. You could even get creative and use a knit stocking or something seasonal to put your gift in.

Ideas for gifts that encompass the feelings of coziness and warmth are many.  So, it’s no surprise that gifts for the home are at the top of the list. Textiles such as blankets, throws, and pillows make great gifts. Warm lighting is key in a comfortable home, so things like candles and tea light lanterns also make the perfect present. Seasonal food and drinks embrace the holiday as well. Putting together a hot cocoa kit is a wonderful idea for your chocolate-loving friend. Contrive the sweet gift using a thoughtful mug, a small decorative spoon, and some cocoa mix. Or you could put together the ingredients for your most favorite cookie recipe, wrap them in a basket, and include the handwritten recipe and note.

The ideas are endless when it comes to spreading the holiday cheer through gift-giving. After all, it’s far more joyful to give than receive.

About the author

Robin Lavitch, MA, CPC, is the founder of Surpass Your Goals, a coaching practice for entrepreneurs, executives, tweens, school administrators, and more. Her capacity to connect with audiences, elicit thought-provoking ideas and clarify personal ambitions prepares people to apply that knowledge instantaneously to accelerate their own results in leadership, sales, and time management.