My daughter’s gift to her Dad on Father’s Day was weird! That’s what my daughter’s friend said to her in a text after she told her about the homemade gift she made for him. It was actually a pretty cool gift! She designed a video that included photos of Dad in action with sappy tag lines. He loved it! Her friend kept asking about his “real” gift like the latest electronic gadget or sports equipment. I was afraid this texting conversation was going to make my daughter feel like her gift wasn’t good enough. That she needed to spend lots of money for her Dad to like his gift. I was wrong! She just ignored it and watched that video over and over with her Dad as they giggled about some funny actions in the photos.
Society puts a lot of pressure on us when it comes to gift giving. Retail stores are in our face about the great deals they offer during Father’s Day or every other major holiday. It can also become a little competitive when other family members spend large sums of money on a present. You don’t want to look cheap! It’s hard to ignore that pressure but try to shut it out. Focus on giving a gift from the heart and not from your wallet. For example, my Dad loves pecan pie. He is giddy when I make him a homemade pie for Father’s Day or his birthday. It doesn’t cost me a lot to make that pie and he knows it was made especially for him. I know he enjoys every bite of that gift!
As the next holiday or birthday of someone special to you approaches don’t feel that you have to purchase a grand gift, especially, if you don’t have the extra money in your budget. Ask yourself what you think they would really appreciate. Is it spending time together? Giving the gift of your time could be a great present! Could they use a week off from yard work? Offer to mow the lawn and water the flowers. Do they have a favorite food? Give the gift of a homemade dinner prepared by you.
All of these ideas are meant to inspire you to put your heart into your gift giving. Who cares if other people think your gift is weird. It’s the person that is receiving the gift that will understand the love that you put into it.
I would love for you to share ideas of creative gifts you have given to people.