December 8

Making Gift Giving Fun

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Making Gift Giving Fun

By Deborah Johnson

December 8, 2023

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Gift-giving is more than just the exchange of items; it’s about creating appreciation and fostering cherished memories. In the midst of a world where thoughtful gestures often take a backseat, the essence of gifting lies in making someone feel truly valued. It’s not merely about handing over random tokens; it’s about understanding the recipient's genuine interests and finding meaningful ways to enhance those passions.

What makes the act of giving truly enjoyable is the effort put into understanding what someone values. Whether it's a friend keen on outdoor adventures or a child fascinated by nature, the key is to delve into their interests and cater to those passions. This doesn’t need to take a lot of work, just observation and thoughtfulness.

Instead of opting for generic gifts, consider exploring hobbies or activities. For instance, for an outdoor enthusiast, the possibilities could range from high-quality hiking gear or specialized fishing equipment to a newsletter subscription, which can be of little cost, but great value. In this article, we explore the definition of gift-giving, creating concentric circles and creating memories. We then include some ideas for creative gifts to hopefully spark your imagination for your gift-giving.

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Define What Gift-Giving Means to You

Gift-giving is not merely about the material aspects but the emotions, thoughtfulness, and sentiments behind the act. However, this may not ring as true in your life as ours. Does it serve as a tangible gesture of appreciation, love, and care in your situation? Does the act of giving a gift serve as an opportunity to convey the importance of relationships, to celebrate milestones, or to create cherished memories?

We have all heard that it's the thoughtful gesture behind the gift that matters most but an inappropriate gift could easily be misconstrued or misunderstood with some sort of subliminal messaging. This is because gift-giving carries emotional resonance. By meticulously selecting or creating a gift, we demonstrate how much we value the unique bond we share with each individual. It becomes a tangible reminder of our shared experiences, values, and the importance we hold for one another in our lives. Ultimately, it's the thoughtful gesture behind the gift that matters most, encapsulating the essence of our relationships and leaving an enduring impact.

Create Concentric Circles

Concentric circles refer to a series of circles that share the same center, with each circle having a larger radius than the one inside it. In a broader sense, the term is often used metaphorically to describe a concept where elements or ideas are organized around a central theme or core concept, expanding outward in layers or levels of relevance or significance.

With gift-giving and brainstorming contexts, it refers to the process of identifying related or interconnected ideas, interests, or gifts that revolve around a central theme or individual's preferences. By considering various items or experiences related to someone's interests or needs, this technique helps in generating thoughtful and personalized gift ideas, each connected and building upon the other in significance or relevance.

What makes the act of giving truly enjoyable is the effort put into understanding what someone holds dear. Whether it's a friend keen on outdoor adventures or a child fascinated by nature, the key is to delve into their interests and cater to those passions. Instead of opting for generic gifts, consider exploring their hobbies or activities they haven't yet indulged in. For instance, for an outdoor enthusiast, the possibilities could range from high-quality hiking gear or specialized fishing equipment to a subscription to a newsletter or magazine. There is a huge range of budget considerations just within those couple ideas that should fit for most gift-givers.

Create Memories

Gift-giving has a unique way of creating lasting memories because of the emotions and thoughtfulness involved. When someone receives a gift that matches their interests or needs, it becomes connected to the occasion and the person who gave it. (Get your FREE access: Mindsets for a Year of Renewal)

Thoughtful gifts trigger strong emotions and become symbolic of the care and sentiment behind them. These emotional connections stick in our memory, reminding us of the special moment when we received the gift and the feelings associated with it. When we encounter or use the gift later, it often brings back memories of that specific time, making the event or relationship more memorable. In short, giving thoughtful gifts helps make meaningful and long-lasting memories. Gifts can also create fun memories of funny or gag gifts and the responses of the recipients. Of course, those types of gifts should be given selectively to recipients that would be appreciative and have a sense of humor! 

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Consumable Ideas

There are numerous advantages to opting for consumable gifts when it comes to giving presents. First off, they boast practicality by not adding to clutter or storage issues since they eventually get used up or enjoyed. This aligns well with minimalist living preferences and is especially convenient for individuals with limited space. Second, consumable gifts can be personalized based on the recipient's preferences or dietary restrictions, making them thoughtful and individualized. Whether it's gourmet foods, specialty beverages, or luxurious spa products, these gifts are tailored to offer immediate enjoyment and demonstrate a thoughtful consideration of the recipient's tastes.

Moreover, consumable gifts are often eco-friendly and aligned with sustainable practices, particularly those crafted from organic or environmentally friendly materials. These gifts usually come with minimal packaging and contribute to reducing overall waste compared to physical items that last a long time. Additionally, the variety available in consumable gifts is vast, spanning from artisanal chocolates and scented candles to unique craft beers. This diversity allows for creative and personalized selections that cater precisely to the recipient's preferences, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Ideas to Stimulate Gift-Giving

DIY Puzzle Set: Print out a favorite photo or image on sturdy paper and cut it into puzzle pieces. Place the pieces in an envelope or small box. This interactive gift not only provides entertainment but also a personalized touch. Shutterfly is a good place to personalize all sorts of gifts from mugs to tote bags to puzzles.

DIY Succulent or Herb Garden: Purchase small pots or containers, some potting soil, and seeds or small plants. Create a mini garden kit by placing them together in an attractive way. Not only is this a budget-friendly gift, but it also adds a touch of greenery to the recipient's home. Succulent Studios is a good place to order succulents and you even send a succulent a month for a year. See our Succulent Studios article.

Personalized Journals: There are many choices to choose from on Amazon. I also like the journals at Paper Sunday that include first-name personalization with scripture on every page.

Tech items: One of my favorite places to shop for not only practical tech items like battery chargers and reading lights but also other items like leather bags is Sharper Image. Their quality is good and they often include coupons.

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Make your gift-giving fun! For a feel-good story to get you in the mood, listen to the podcast of the story The Innkeeper’s Son!


- about Greg & Deb

GREG joins DEBORAH as a co-host on Women at Halftime Podcast once a month. 

GREG JOHNSON is a former professional athlete, a triple A relief-pitcher with the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians) He also has years of experience in sales and as an R.I.A. (Registered Investment Advisor), owning his own business. He & Deb met on a blind date and have been married over 40 years.

Gift-giving is more than just the exchange of items; it’s about creating appreciation and fostering cherished memories.

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DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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