Gift giving is such an opportunity to express love and create something wonderful. However, at the most basic level, gift giving amounts to nothing more than, "I'm expected to give a gift to _____ in ____ price range."
I try to be sensitive about needless "stuff collecting" for myself as well as for people I'm gifting to. I really like DIY gifts, and think they're probably the best, but sometimes I don't have ideas for what homemade gift someone would want.
- Remember to pay attention. We (thankfully) have a few months before Christmas. If someone makes a comment about what they'd really like to have, write it down!
- Is there something I can give that would help support her/him in a hobby or creative pursuit?
- What does this person need?
- What is this person's love language? (Hint: The way they express love to you is probably the way they like to receive love.)
- Words of Affirmation--This is my husband's love language. Considering this helped me think of his Valentine's Day gift this last year. I cut out 365 colorful strips of paper, and wrote something I loved about him on every piece and rolled it into a tight scroll, so he could read one a day for the rest of the year.
- Quality Time--A special outing or date with this person would help them feel loved. A good Christmas gift might be something that you can use together. I think that this is my love language, so I love it when my husband takes me on a date, or buys me something that we can use together, like camping gear. It seems like doing a project that took a lot of time might also fit into this category, even though the the time wasn't spent with them, it was spent for them. I'm not sure about that, though.
- Receiving Gifts- My dad loves to give gifts and gives them often, so I believe this is his love language. Give him a well-thought out, quality piece of gear, and he'd really be feelin' the love.
- Acts of Service--Coupons to do all the yucky jobs, or preparing a special meal might do the trick.
- Physical Touch--With a spouse this is easier than with someone else--but can work with children too.
- Bibs that tie in the back (my babies pull the velcro ones right off)
- Lotion or pampering products for a new mama
- For a kiddie birthday party, consider having your child make the gift, or help making the gift for a friend. My son decorated a plain white hat with fabric paint for his friend's birthday last year.
- Picnic Set for newly weds
- Personalized stationery
- Homemade preserves (or anything edible I think makes a great gift)
I still have a long way to go to be a good gift giver, so I'd love lots of feedback here.
- What have been some of your favorite gifts to give or receive?
- Do you have some websites or books that have good gift ideas?
- Any good DIY ideas?
- What's your love language and how does that translate to gift giving?