Tie It Up With a Bow

December 11, 2013

in the generous life

A few thoughts on gift giving …

Let others know what you would like in the way of gifts. It’s only kind. Certainly people are free to buy whatever they choose, but some folks are gift challenged and having a few ideas can be a sanity saver.

Whatever you get, be thankful and gracious. Gifts are an expression of love and you don’t ever want to disdain someone’s love.

Some people will never be satisfied with the gift you give them (it’s a wound thing). Pretend they are reasonable people, buy a reasonable gift and move on. You can’t change them. Don’t lose any sleep over it.

Know love languages and gift appropriately. Your “acts of service” husband would love coupons. Your “quality time” guy would enjoy a couple of movie tickets. Your “words of affirmation” sweetie would melt over a love letter in the toe of his stocking. 

Be reasonable about the number and kind of gifts you give. Think fewer gifts of greater quality (which doesn’t necessarily mean more money, it’s usually about thoughtfulness). Most people have enough stuff as it is. I like the idea of gifts you can use up (a collection of great teas) or gifts that become shared experiences (a new game to try).

Still feeling a bit idea challenged? Here is a list of inexpensive gift ideas shared by generous wives and a gift list shared by generous husbands.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.  Mother Teresa

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Sexy Stocking Stuffers for Your Husband Great ideas to jump start your gift giving creativity.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Favorite Books for Christmas Gifts More gift ideas from “J.”

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Online fundraising for Year-End 2013If you and your husband are thinking about any year end giving, please consider giving to our support. Thanks so much! (Donations are tax deductible for US folks.)

You may also give by Paypal, JustGive, or check/money order.

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