I went to an adoption celebration today (friends have adopted siblings). The natural thing to do is buy a gift. You want to share in their joy and let them know how happy you are for them.
Then I started thinking about the holidays (our real estate agent gave us these cute Christmas stockings as a thank you gift). There are hostess gifts when you visit friends, Christmas gifts for all your friends, family, co-workers, etc. and usually a birthday gift or two thrown in. It’s really quite overwhelming and often pricey.
I’ve had to rethink gift giving (and encourage y’all to do likewise). I want to be generous with my friends, but I don’t want to load them up with (perhaps) useless to them items and put them in the position to return in kind. I’m leaning more to homemade gifts and especially those gifts that you can eat or use up in some way. Unless my family or friends need a specific item, I’m more likely to give them a gift certificate to their favorite store, bake up some goodies, or make a unique Christmas ornament. I also look for “family” gifts instead of “individual” gifts. Your encouraging family time and cutting down the number and cost of gifts as well.
Where my husband is concerned, those principles still apply. We’re trying to give each other more “experience” gifts (my favorite was a Hardanger class). I think it’s also fun to give financially to ministries as a “gift”. Knowing that your “gift” helped to give a village clean water is pretty cool.
Do take time out now, while you have the energy and time, to plan a gift list for the holidays. (Feel free to share your gift ideas as a comment.)
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis
Be generous! Lori <><