The perfect gift this holiday season


My gift giving skills leave a lot to be desired.  I’m just not one of these creative people that locates the perfect gift for everyone on my list.

I try, but never seem to actually hit the gift giving mark.  I can’t even seem to find cool creative gifts for my own parents.  Yes, I know they appreciate getting their Costco card renewed each year (five years running), but really . . . I should be able to come up with something better.

I’m not the creative one that comes up with cute little home crafted gifts (Pinterest and I just haven’t bonded yet), I’m not the big spender that by default wins because of the money factor (I’m too much of a cheapskate and budgeter), I’m not the intuitive one that seems to just instinctively know what people will like and appreciate (I’m assuming this is because I secretly don’t like people).  You get the picture.

The worst part is that I love Christmas and everything associated with this season.  Christmas is just such a wonderful special time of year and I want to find the perfect gift that is meaningful and special to those that I love.  To me gifts aren’t about the money, they are about the thought and the meaning behind the gift.

I had an epiphany today while I was in church.  The feeling and thoughts behind Christmas don’t need to be a priority in my life only in the month of December.  The giving spirit needs to be happening on a daily, weekly & monthly basis in my life.

Years ago, I worked with a wonderful lady who was president of our company.  I love being active, but hate running.  I was trying to develop a love for running and since she lived nearby, she offered to run with me.  She would run the two miles to my house, we would run two miles together and then she would run home.  Keep in mind she was in her 50’s and would literally run circle around me and I was in pretty decent shape.  She is also a two time breast cancer survivor.

She has an amazing sense of humor and real zest for life.  She was and still is one of the busiest people I know, but she always found time to write personal thank you notes.  I would always receive a thank you note for any birthday or Christmas gifts, but more importantly to me, where the random thank you notes I would receive for a job well done.

Thank YouI’m not sure how many notes I received from her over the years, but I have every single one of them.  Those notes and other notes I received over the years mean so much to me.

They are the notes I pull out when I’m struggling and need a little pick me up.

Those notes are the ones that serve to remind me that I am a good person and that the little set-back’s in my life are just road bumps, not insurmountable barriers.

Those notes are my life barometer; if I’m receiving notes from others I must be doing something right.

So I set a goal for myself.

Every Sunday afternoon I’m going to write at least three thank you cards to people I love.  During the week I’m going to watch my friends, neighbors and family members and rather than just secretly enjoy the acts of kindness they perform, I’m going to thank them.  I’m going to take the time to let them know how much I appreciate having them in my life.  I’m going to let them know that their actions matter and have a positive impact.

Life is too short not to appreciate the amazing people I’m blessed to associate with.  So to all of my friends, family, co-worker and acquaintance, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you for unconditional love and wonderful examples that you are too me and keep up the good work!

Photo Credit:  Thank you note

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