I wish I had a direct line to my loved ones’ brains so I could know exactly what gifts would make them feel most loved and appreciated.
I’ve done a lot of thinking lately about gift giving in general, and how a meaningful gift can quite literally change someone’s life.
Wrapping paper from The House that Lars Built
When I think about the most memorable gifts I’ve received, the things that top my list are gifts of time. When a friend insisted that she babysit for us early this year so we could have our first date night in a long time after a hard season. When we got home from adopting Sarah and our church small group and my team had filled our kitchen with encouraging notes and groceries. And the time my friend Marcia wrote 30 prayers for me on separate notecards–one for each day in the final month I was writing Cultivate.
There have been physical gifts that meant a great deal too. Grace made me a little pink candle holder last year (melt my heart!), and I have felt such joy in receiving gifts for the garden. The women I work alongside gifted me a beautiful set of garden tools with my initials on them. I almost didn’t use them because they are so pretty, but they are happily covered in dirt now from many gardening adventures!
These are the gifts I remember and cherish.
I love the idea of wrapping spring bulbs in pretty fabric or paper! Source.
A timely gift, given with love, can change someone.
I want to be that kind of gift-giver.
But, I have to tell you that I sometimes feel inadequate when it comes to gift-giving.
I am not the best gift wrapper. (I have high hopes of improving my gift wrapping skills this year so I avoid getting added to this list. 🙂 )
I have often waited too long and had to make last-minute purchases.
And, because I want gifts to be meaningful, I often get stumped on what to give!
My garden-loving heart loves this simple wrapping with a sprig of peach buds!
I don’t want to gift people things that they won’t use, or surface gifts–things they might like for a moment but then forget about. I want to gift things that add meaning to people’s lives or bring them delight and refreshment. And I know this may sound strange at first, but I don’t want to give gifts that make people think about how great I am, but rather gifts that help them cultivate gratitude and celebration for their lives as a whole.
Do you have a list of gifts you are considering for friends and family this year? (Or perhaps a list of items you are wanting to invest in for yourself?)
What are you hoping to make people feel or experience in your gifting?
Early this year, we decided to curate an intentional gift list for the holidays, and we’re so excited to reveal it today!
Our first-ever Cultivate Gift Guide is a bit different from your average guide. It’s a curated list of meaningful gifts (starting at $0!). Our hope is that these gifts help you, and your loved ones, cultivate what matters.
Inside you’ll also get a preview of our biggest sale of the year that starts next Tuesday starting at 10 am ET. I’ve already talked to many of you who are excited that Write the Word will be in the sale this year!
Your turn! I’d love to hear: what are the most memorable gifts you’ve received? What gifts added value to your life and others?
P.S. Next up, I’ll be sharing the 20 things I invested in this year, both personally and for our business, that paid off. I can’t wait to share!