I really like to give gifts to friends and family.
My love language is not gifts; it’s actually acts of service, which usually means I choose to make my gift-giving personal and thoughtful.
Here are a few ways to be a thoughtful gift-giver:
1. Pay attention to what they say and what they wear
My one friend always looks fabulous in a particular colour… so for her birthday I bought her a neck scarf in that exact shade. She loved it! This same friend made me raisin bread for my birthday because she knows I don’t like clutter and I love her raisin bread!
Yet another friend brought me her home-made scones for one birthday because I always raved about her scones. What a perfect gift!
I told Beth that I’d been reading very boring books for about 2 – 3 weeks running, and she bought me a book on the Kindle. Do you know what her message was? “This is definitely not a boring book”. I LOVED IT!
2. Notice the themes
I have one friend who loves spring. LOVES it. She’d been counting down to spring since winter…
So I gave her a welcome to spring gift. It was only about 5 – 6 different yellow stationery items, but once placed together, they looked like they belonged and they were her spring gift.
A very special reader of the blog bought me fudge and a candy thermometer because I love fudge and I can’t for the life of me get it right. I adore this theme gift!
3. Be practical
I have another friend who says that she’s a bad gift-wrapper, so I gave her a gift wrap kit. Practical and cute!
One of the most practical gifts I’ve received was a lip liner – I used it at least twice every day and thought of my colleague every time because it was the perfect colour and such good quality. I’ve been hooked on lip liner ever since.