I’m not big on holiday shopping. Don’t get me wrong, when I see something that just screams out to me “Buy me for Justin Timberlake (or someone else in my life)! He will love me!” I go for it. But buying something just to have a present to give is not my jam. I’d much rather make something meaningful, or write a nice letter, or share some Christmas cookies. In fact, one of my friends got a dress from my closet wrapped up in a pretty box last year. I didn’t spend any money on it, but I knew that dress was going to make her happier than anything I could have grabbed on Black Friday.
But the problem is, sometimes I’m lopsided in my gift giving. I find the perfect present for some people, and for others, I just can’t find it. I’m a big fan of finding something that is going to be loved. That might make the favorites list. That means something more than “Hey, it’s Christmas, so I got you these socks.” Unless you wanted socks.
It does not bother me to give a gift to someone and get nothing in return. That is not the reason of the season (though for some reason, it does bother me when someone gives me a gift and I leave them empty handed). My gifts are often given to let the gift recipient that I was thinking of them. And usually, that I love them.
And thus begins the Christmas Present Hunt. Finding the most meaningful gifts for those I adore, making presents with lots of love, and figuring out the balance between meaningful presents and just wanting to let someone know they’re meaningful to me.
What about you? What are you favorite gifts to give (and to get!)?