The Joy of Purposeful Gift-Giving
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And as the carolers practice their songs and homes are lighting up with many festive colors, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping begins as well. In recent years, gift-giving during Christmas has become an event in itself. This can cause a great deal of anxiety for us, especially if your budget or schedule doesn’t allow for much in that department. You may even have found yourself dreading this celebration, instead of looking forward to time with your family and loved ones. Fortunately, you don’t need to let the stress drive you this season. Instead, go back to the basics and get to the root of why you wanted to give in the first place. Let’s run through some ways we can get back the joy of purposeful gift-giving.
Remember Why You Want To Give
Sometimes we get so used to doing something that we forget why we are doing it in the first place. It just becomes something that is expected, and so you go about the motions and do it without thinking. Over time, this can get exhausting and feel pointless, so it’s a good exercise to review your intentions about why you are giving gifts in the first place. Do you want to show your love this way? Express gratitude for this person? Or are you just giving because it’s what’s expected of you? Be honest about your intentions, and recalibrate them if necessary. Remember that a gift should be given out of love, not obligation.
Set An Honest Budget, Make A List, and Stick To It
It’s just practical advice to be honest about how much you can actually spend. Never put yourself in a situation where you have to borrow money just to be able to give it away. Look at your funds and just set a budget that is not going to compromise you. And then, with your intentions in mind, make a list of people you would like to give gifts to. You can even put nuclear families together so you can give a group gift instead of individual ones. Once you have these, make a promise to yourself that you will stick to your budget and to your list. Being able to see this list and working budget will help you be more decisive when shopping time comes.
Make It Personal
Consider the person or persons you are buying the gifts for. Remember what they like to do for fun, or what food makes them happy. Think of your favorite memory together, or a special moment that you both shared in the past. These are things that can help you choose what gift to give, and not make it feel like a generic thing that you got, just because. Even if the item is simple, like a mug, you can still add a personal touch that will make it meaningful. Maybe print their favorite quote on it, or a picture of a funny meme they love. This will turn a generic mug into something that will feel personal and touching. It’s always nice to be remembered, and that will mean more than even the gift itself.
What Christmas Is Really About
When you begin to lose sight of what it’s really about, always go back to the day that a baby was born in a manger. There were no trumpets, no jubilation amongst the masses. He was born quietly, surrounded by animals, strangers, and His parents. That’s what Christmas has always been about. Let that be your main purpose, your original intention- to celebrate the Love that was born to us on that day. That’s the best gift anyone will ever receive.