CHRISTMAS IS COMING.
This is easily proven by my neighbors’ Christmas decorations, which have already been up for more than a WEEK.
Between now and Christmas, I’m going to be doing a short series of blogs showcasing different ways you can give inexpensive but meaningful gifts to the ones you love. Today’s entry is about the Gift of Thought.
Make a Mixtape
It’s been done a million times before by a million different people, it’s true, but when done right, a mixtape can convey any emotion you desire. If you can’t afford to purchase the music you need, try handwriting a list of the songs and asking your loved one to look up the songs on YouTube. Maybe even make it into a booklet and include some of your favorite lyrics. Try to find a common theme or two to tie the songs together along the length of the mix tape. Examples: light, gold, water, nature, etc.
Try to choose songs you like, but that you also think your loved one would like. Take your time, put thought into it. Tell a story with your music. A really well done mixtape will unfold over time, revealing deeper and deeper meaning to the listener.
Write Your Story
Do you remember how you met? What about writing down the story of the first time you laid eyes on your loved one. Use as much detail as possible. Try and remember how you felt when you met your loved one. Did they comfort you? Make you laugh? Do you remember what they were wearing? Try to include silly things, like if your shoelace came untied, or if you spilled coffee everywhere.
Write Your Reasons
Tell your loved one why you love them. Have you been friends for 10 years? Give them 10 reasons. Write it out by hand, or make a document and set it up in a nice format. I wrote this for my dad the year before he died, and had it professionally framed. Now it hangs in my living room, so I can remember that I told him how much I loved him while I still could.
Better Than a Gift Card
The best part about these gifts, is spending time thinking about your loved one in depth like this helps you, too. It gives you a greater sense of appreciation, and reminds you what it means to truly care for someone. In times of gift giving it’s easy to get caught up in how much you have to spend and lose sight of what giving is really all about.
Stay tuned for the next entry in this short series on gift giving!