10 Great Gifts to Give Your Loved Ones
In a season of giving, finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones can be hard. We look for what they may want or need, what they will like, or what may surprise them. In this article, I share gifts they are sure to love, that will never go out of style, and cost next to nothing.
“The greatest gift that you can give to me is not your treasures but your love.”
― Debasish Mridha
There is much to be joyful about during December. This last month of the year has been referred to as a “world of holidays” because few months present as many multicultural celebrations as December. There are celebrations for Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Omisoka, and others. Each holiday has a special meaning and different rituals. One deeply entrenched ritual for Christmas is the act of exchanging gifts. As the Bible story goes, when Jesus Christ was born, three wise men traveled to see the baby Jesus and brought gifts.
How’s that going now?
Americans spent $936.3 billion in 2022 on Christmas gifts. That is more than double what was spent in 2004 according to a report by the National Retail Federation. Some other stats you might find insightful:
- Americans spend approximately $1,000 on Christmas each year.
- 96% of Americans buy gifts for their families.
- Canadians spend nearly $1,000 more than Americans during the holidays.
- On average, men spend 10% more than women on holiday purchases.
- 48% of Americans begin Christmas shopping before the end of October.
Source: Exploding Topics by Josh Howarth. For more interesting stats on holiday spending, click here. The main point is that gift giving is customary during many of these holidays and none more so than during Christmas.
Have we gone a bit too far? Is it worth the $936.3 billion dollars being spent? What was the meaning behind the wise men’s gifts, and what is the meaning of Christmas gifting today? I’ve been thinking about this for several years now. I’m not a Scrooge, but there is something about the expanding commercialism of the holidays that feels far afield from the original intent.
For my part, the past few years, I’ve told my daughter and son that the only gift I want from them during Christmas is a handwritten letter. To me, it’s one of the best gifts that I could receive from my children – a letter from their heart about their lives, what matters to them, what they’re grateful for, what I mean to them, a lesson they’ve learned from me and applied to their lives – anything, as long as it’s thoughtful and heartfelt.
That got me thinking. What are other gifts that a recipient is sure to love, that won’t go out of style or become obsolete, and costs nothing or next to nothing. I’ve come up with a list that maybe you would consider this holiday season.
10 Great Holiday Gifts to Give Your Loved Ones
- Handwritten letter or poem from the heart.
- A framed photo or photo book of happy memories spent together.
- Home cooked, favorite meal.
- Helping around the house (e.g, decluttering, organizing, making small repairs).
- A gratitude jar or affirmations jar.
- Baked goods.
- Create a video collage as a tribute to the recipient; get family and friends to contribute.
- A coupon book with special favors the recipient can redeem at any time (e.g., back rub).
- Read this when…book of motivational quotes and letters (e.g., when you’re feeling down, read this).
- Host a sleepover or movie night for the recipient (guest of honor) and invite the recipient’s best friends.
Your loved ones are sure to remember these gifts long after the holiday is over. Can you think of others?
Just as Debasish Mridha said, the best gift you can give is not your treasures (costly things), but your love (heart). There is nothing more valuable than love. Happy Holidays!
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