The holidays are undoubtedly going to look different this year for so many people. Maybe you won’t be getting together with your loved ones. Maybe you’re grieving the loss of a job, people you know who may have gotten sick, or just a sense of normalcy.
Whatever the case, gift-giving this year may also look different.
While stores and shopping malls have tried to remain somewhat “normal” with their holiday campaigns, it’s hard to ignore that things just feel like they should be a bit deeper this year.
Now, more than ever, it’s time to show the people we care about just how much they truly mean. Giving meaningful gifts instead of the latest “trendy” item can make a big difference in someone’s holiday season.
So, how can you make sure you’re giving gifts that mean something to the recipients?
Know Who You’re Giving To
It’s easy to get someone a gift off of their “wish list” or ask someone what they want, but that isn’t always the most meaningful route. Instead of going the easy way and getting a gift card or something superficial, really consider the recipient you’re buying for. Tune into their interests, their beliefs, and their passions.
Is there a hobby they’ve taken up this year? Get them something that can help them pursue it. Are they passionate about a specific cause or charity? Make a donation in their name.
By showing that you’re paying attention, your gift will be more meaningful. Because that person likely isn’t expecting it, it will also be touching.
While a unique gift can be exciting to receive, that excitement can quickly wear off and leave the recipient wondering what they’re supposed to do with said item. Instead of going for something whimsical or “different,” choose something practical that the recipient can actually use.
For example, new parents might benefit from a gift card to their favorite takeout restaurant. Local restaurants can use the extra support this year as well, so giving someone the gift of food from their favorite place to eat is a way to benefit several people all at once. A family member that just moved to the area could be given a basket full of local “goodies.” Your nephew that is working on his car might love a new set of tools. Again, this shows you’re invested in that person’s life, and getting them a gift that they can actually use right away is something they’ll definitely appreciate.
Make it Homemade
You don’t have to be crafty or a whiz in the kitchen to create an incredible homemade gift that will mean more than anything bought from a store. Homemade gifts are automatically customizable, so whoever is receiving them knows that love, care, and attention was given, instead of just getting an item that was quickly picked up or ordered online.
There are thousands of ideas for homemade gifts online. A bit of searching, and you can combine several of the tips listed here. You can find a practical gift that may have significant meaning to someone – and you can make it yourself!
Not sure where to start with custom handmade gifts? Again, think about what that person in your life might really love. If they’re a writer, consider a handmade journal. Do they love to cook or bake? Make a “mix” of ingredients they can throw together for a great dish.
Handmade gifts always come from the heart, and in a year that seems so disconnected, they can feel even more special.
Keep these tips in mind as you go through your standard holiday shopping routine. This year has been difficult for everyone in different ways. Foregoing some of your traditional gift-buying methods and choosing to focus on more meaningful presents can make a big difference in the lives of the people you love.