With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to share a little something about choosing heartfelt gifts for friends and loved ones.

For some of us, shopping for others can be a stressful and unpleasant task. You may worry about budget constraints, choosing the right gift or simply finding the right gift in time for the big day. Of course, if you’re shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, tackling the inevitable crowds and long lines only adds to the stress level.

a person holds a personally wrapped holiday gift in two hands, sharing it to the viewer. [credit: unsplash.com, Kira auf der Heide]
[CREDIT: unsplash.com, Kira auf der Heide]

With all of that to worry about, it’s little wonder that meaningful gift giving can get lost in all the commotion. So, rather than focusing on materialistic value, time constraints or trying to gift-by-best-guess, let’s explore some practical tips for selecting and giving gifts that will truly resonate with the recipients.

  • Listen and Observe: Take a little time to pay some attention to the interests or hobbies of the person you’re buying a gift for. What makes them light up when they talk. Learning this will help you find the gift that matches their personality and brings them joy.
  • Personalize It: Adding a personal touch to a gift can go a long way in making it extra special. Consider customizing it with their initials or engraving a personal and meaningful message. This shows that you took the time to make something unique to them.
  • Be Creative: Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones we create ourselves. Whether it’s a knitted scarf, or a delicious batch of homemade cookies, putting your time and effort into a gift adds an extra layer of thoughtfulness that is sure to be appreciated.
  • Give Experiences: Don’t just focus on physical items. Consider giving the gift of experience. Plan a special outing like a concert, spa day or weekend getaway. They create lasting memories of shared and cherished moments that will be treasured forever.

Remember, the act of giving a meaningful gift goes beyond the price tag. By observing, personalizing, and offering experiences, you can give gifts that truly are “gifts from the heart” with your loved ones. So, let’s celebrate the holiday season by choosing gifts that reflect our appreciation for the people who matter most.

Happy gifting!

by Maria Portelos-Rometo

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