The Art of Awesome Gift Giving

I don't know about you, but I LOVE finding the purrrfect gift for someone. It seriously gets me excited when I see something that reminds me of a friend, family member (my brother loves bacon), or co-worker.

Everybody loves gifts, but as Pierre Corneille said, "The manner of giving is worth more than the gift." Here are some tips for giving awesome gifts from the heart:

Tune in. Listen up. Pay attention. If your mom mentions her feet are freezing all the time, think about gifting her some really cozy socks this Christmas. (Mom, if you're reading, sorry to spoil the surprise - you're getting socks). Really exciting, I know. She'll be thrilled. A thoughtful gift does not have to be expensive. When someone mentions something they badly want, but are not going to buy for themselves, go buy it. They will be pleasantly surprised when they unwrap your thoughtful present!

Keep it personal. Don't give what you love, give what they love. Get in the recipient's head. What does he or she love to do? Is there a cool new gadget on the market for your golf-loving Dad? How about your dog-loving nephew? You can even dig a little deeper and think a little harder (not too hard, it doesn't take much to be thoughtful): did the person you're gifting accomplish something major this year? Did she get married, buy a home, have a baby, run a marathon? Think about giving something that commemorates his or her accomplishment; a scrapbook, a framed photo, or a unique ornament.

Make it. Handmade = made with love. If you knit, or sew, or craft, or woodwork (insert other handmade possibilities here), think about making your gifts this holiday. It may be more time consuming, but let's face it, rushing in and out of busy store after busy store is not exactly saving you time. Meanwhile, you could be home doing something you love for the ones you love. Not to mention, giving a handmade gift that you are super proud of is just plain cool. Some of the best gifts I've ever received have been handmade: a beautiful wooden bowl - (thank you, Rach + Joe), Gram's Hands recycled wool sweater mittens, a holiday home brew from my bro (SO GOOD), and a handmade wooden clock in the shape of Maine (with a special gem placed in the exact spot my husband and I got married - Sophia, I don't think you could be more thoughtful - we will cherish it forever), to name a few.

Bake it. Do you love to bake? Does your boss love pies? Think about gifting him with a homemade pie a month in the new year. You might be thinking, well, that's a great idea, but what will he unwrap? Get creative. Make a photo calendar for him to open at the office holiday bash featuring the type of pie he can expect to receive each month going forward. (Mom, I'm pretty sure you did this once. I thought it was a great idea).

Experience it. Giving the gift of an experience is my all-time favorite thing to do. We all have too many things and we clutter up each others homes by giving one another more things. I mean, honestly, who needs another tchotchke? When you give the gift of an experience, you're creating the opportunity to form a new memory. Spa gift certificates, game or concert tickets, or weekend getaways (to a place my man mentioned he has always wanted to go - within reason, of course) are some of my go-to gift-giving-experiences. (And if you buy an experience for two, not only do you get to cherish the new memory you'll soon create, but you have something to look forward to as well)!

Tell me in the comments below, what is the most awesome gift you've ever received and what made it so special?

Happy gifting, P


Patsy Culp

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