In this day and age of shop ’till you drop holiday shopping, I often struggle with giving the “right” gift. You know the type: the gifts that make you feel warm inside as you watch them open it up. They are filled with your love and, you hope, that the person who is on the receiving end will feel that love and know just how much thought you put into it.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always go the way you hope and the thought isn’t always what counts in some people’s minds. Fortunately, I’m not hanging with many of those sorts of people – or I’m not aware that any are currently on my Christmas list these days.
It’s all too easy to go online and order up the items off of a person’s wish-list. All it takes is a few minutes and Visa or Mastercard. Although I have received and loved some lovely store bought gifts from the heart, many of my favorite gifts were handcrafted. A few of these include a handmade quilt, a framed photo highlighting a special occasion, a handcrafted mug, quilted placemats, a lovely homemade purse, a portrait drawn while I sat and watched, a bracelet made from safety pins and colored beads, and that special rose that was picked from the garden then delivered with a warm smile and hug.
Gifts from that heart mean so much when you are the recipient. When you are the giver, they really light up the vulnerable side of you that fears you’re “not good enough.” Well, I’m taking a chance this year with a few of my loved ones. If you happen to be on the receiving end of them, please know that I put a lot of time, energy, and LOVE into these. I hope that you will love them. If you don’t, I hope you will love that I tried to share a side of myself that is really special to me; I hope you will recognize the thought. It really does count.