I love giving gifts. Over the years, I have learned there is an art to giving a thoughtful gift. When I was little, I hated giving gifts. I never knew what to get people and I always felt that my gifts weren’t very good. Then one year, my parents made this rule about the Christmas gifts we would give:
We were going to exchange names between siblings and you had to make your gift. Components could be bought, but the final product must be homemade. My young self started to panic. If I couldn’t even buy a good gift, how was I supposed to make one?!
But this new rule turned out to be one of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave to me. They could have given us money to buy wonderful, expensive gifts for each other, they certainly had enough. We wanted for nothing and lived in a beautiful, large home. I think our very comfortable situation is what made them decide to find a way to make us dig deeper when it came to gifts.
So make gifts we did. Although I don’t remember everything I gave over the years, I always remember being so excited to give my gift. Homemade sibling gifts became the highlight of Christmas. We were always much more excited to give our gifts than to receive any.
Homemade gifts is still a requirement for Christmas at the Windley household and I love it. Whenever I give a gift, I always try and think of something I can make or personally design. Making a gift causes you to think so much more about who you are giving too and your heart and soul truly goes into the gift. As you practice giving thoughtful gifts, you get better at deciding when it’s appropriate to purchase a gift and when it’s appropriate to give money for a gift. Another way to gift is with time. Andy and I have decided that we would like the majority of our gifts to be gifts of our time in the form of experiences. As you get older, you realize that is all that truly matters – quality time with those you love.
Can’t think of anything to make for someone? Try it! You will be amazed at your own creativity. And like with anything, practice will help you get better.
Here is an example of what I made my mom for Mother’s day:
She had all of these old cards with my dad’s name and title on them from a previous job he had.
They were nice cards and she didn’t want to throw them away but she never had the time to do anything with them. I took them and turned them into cute, useable cards for every occasion. My mom is the master card giver.
Now she has a whole stockpile of cards to use! Making gifts is so great.