The lost art of meaningful gift giving is something I truly value. In a day and age where people just glance over one another as statistics in a sea of iPhone fueled personages, a gift is a golden way to put some humanity back into our world. Nothing says ‘I am trying to buy your affection’ more than an over-priced and under-thought-out gift.
Obviously, you have to play to your audience a bit, but it really is creativity that matters when giving a gift. That’s why this year I encourage you all to couple regular gifts with ones based on meaningful personal connections.
What do I mean by this? Well, you could try to give semi-alternative gifts this year, things such as…
- Home make things for others
- Taking others out to dinner or cooking for them yourself
- Offering to help other children and mentor them in something you are good at
- Helping to establish a neighborhood gift exchange to promote community
- Give a piece of custom crafted writing, art or poetry (if you think they would be into it)
- Playing a piece of music you made
- Giving others a hug
- Helping others with unique skills only you possess…
Or you can do what I’m about to do and…
- Give out a playlist that you really like…
Please check out my playlist for you all here…
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Personally speaking, when I listen to a playlist I really feel like I can get into that persons head a bit and experience some of the joy they had when they created the playlist. It’s like giving other peoples art to someone, but with your own unique touch.
You can also…Encourage trip taking with others or pay for getaways with others, Look into helping someone foster pets or other animal-based experiences that others would appreciate, or you could do the oldie but a goodie and home cook some items for others.
Whatever you do, I say avoid the tech gadget. Nothing says I’m an emotionally disconnected gift giver like buying someone that has nothing to do with your true relationship to that person. Now honestly if you are a parent or if you know another person really needs that item to succeed in life it’s not so bad, but on the other hand, that person will forget that gift as soon as you give it. Because they don’t associate it with the experience they had with you. They just view it as a thing, a thing that’s been transferred with which they can use and abuse as they please. I don’t think it’s that we don’t have the right intentions when giving these gifts, I just think it’s a failing of our human nature that we do this.
When I remember the gifts I was given as a kid. I remember those gifts that encouraged me to spend time with the loved ones who gave them to me. i.e. the rocketry set me and my dad built, or the K-nex sets that inspired my creativity or the baseball gear I used the year after. I never remembered the video games and other nonsense. Those are throw away gifts in my mind!
Please share your thoughts with me, I would love to hear them. And if you think that one of my life coaching or astrological sessions would be helpful to your loved ones. Please feel free to give me a call so I can help you to pick the best thing for the occasion! Thanks for your time…