Happy Monday and welcome to my kickoff of the Season of Joy!
I started celebrating the season of joy at holiday time during the pandemic. We all needed a little extra boost of joy!
I received such lovely feedback from readers, that I have continued the focus on JOY during this time.
There is no better way to get this season going than to discuss how to give the perfect gift.
I hope this is more than just a post to give you gift ideas, but perhaps inspiration in the giving.
HOW TO GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT – TIP #1
Exchange the word gift for BLESSING.
How can you give a blessing to special people this year? What would truly bless them?
This will set you on a path to discovering the perfect gift… not just any gift for under the tree.
I realize there are some who will say not to give gift cards because…. how could it bless someone?
But, during difficult economic times, a gift card to the local grocery might be exactly the blessing someone needs, or money to go toward an electric bill or even a gas card.
Whatever you do, make sure you look at it as a blessing and not just a wrapped box.
HOW TO GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT – TIP #2
TIP #2: Strive to know the recipient inside and out
Gift giving is best if you know the recipient of the gift really, really well.
Know their likes and dislikes…know their loves…know their needs.
Last year, I was so blessed when I asked my oldest grandson what he wanted for Christmas and he replied, “Gigi you always know what I like. ”
This is his picture on Christmas morning a few years ago at our house and I love this picture so much.
It depicts the real excitement of a child who feels loved and blessed on Christmas morning.
As the saying goes…he blesses my socks off.
All six of my grandchildren are different, and it really matters to them when I give gifts that show I know who they are and what they like.
Adults are no different. We all like to believe our likes, dislikes and needs have been acknowledged and noticed.
HOW TO GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT – TIP #3
The perfect gift is often something the recipient would not purchase for themselves for one reason or another.
It might be financial, or maybe a woman who puts herself at the bottom of her priority list and spends first on others.
Listen to what they say throughout the year for help in this area. Then you can truly gift a blessing.
HOW TO GIVE THE PERFECT GIFT – TIP #4
The perfect gift demonstrates that you went the “extra mile” to make it really special.
This can be done through the gift itself or the wrapping or both.
For example, a gift certificate to a young lady’s favorite spa can be wrapped in a nice basket with lotions, essential oil and a headwrap. A fun necklace could include a gift card to a restaurant for you and the receiver to go to lunch.
A stuffed animal can be package with a zoo pass….you get what I am saying here. I love to do this in a variety of ways.
A basket of dog goodies and toys may be the blessing his/her owner needs to smile.
A special box to a child who loves rock collecting with paints for decorating some of the rocks.
(I could go on for days with ideas…if you need any just email me and let me know)
In conclusion, the perfect gift is given with love and there is no doubt from the recipient that love motivates the giver.
The perfect gift need not be expensive…just thoughtful.
Please share any gifting ideas you have with the audience here…we would all like to hear them.
THE PERFECT GIFT FOR YOU
Holiday sales are often the best time for us to give the perfect gift to the one in mirror and stock up on our favorites.
Here are some of the ideas I have seen lately and I will continue to share ideas beginning today going forward….
Of course, it is difficult for any blogger or anyone else to select the perfect gifts for you…but I can give you ideas and point you in the right direction.
Please remember my SHOPPING LINKS at the top of the page and if you do not see your favorite place, then please email and ask me…sometimes I might have a link for it
I so appreciate those who support this blog by shopping with the links and reading the posts…you guys are amazing. Now, work on that gift list and always…..
By Pamela Lutrell
SEASON OF JOY NEW FEATURE!
Every Monday and Friday during the Season of Joy, I will end the post with a thought to ponder from the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
I was inspired by the book: 52 Little Lessons from It’s A Wonderful Life by Bob Welch, which is a wonderful book.
So, here is our first one to think about…….
Lesson: We all matter. In the book, the author reminds us that Underdogs can make a difference.