This is the time when we are all out there shopping and spending money that sometimes we don't even have. We get all stressed out trying to find that perfect, unique, amazing gift. And then we are running out of time and everything looks picked over. And, I don't know about you guys, but some people make us really think. I always wonder why I didn't try to get hints or start looking months earlier. And then there is always this thought, "Will they like this?". Stressful to say the least.
Well, I have the perfect solution. I am going to share EIGHT Gift ideas that are totally free but priceless. And, I challenge you all to comment on this blog entry. Share with me your ideas by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 865-680-1891.
Well here goes.....
The gift of Listening. BUT, you must really listen. Don't interrupt, no texting or planning your response. Just listen. (You can handwrite out a note. This is good for one phone call or personal visit for you to share your thoughts or problems or whatever is on your mind.) Available 24 hrs and does not expire.
The gift of Affection. Be generous with hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handhold. Whatever is appropriate for that person. Let this demonstrate your love for that friend or family friend. (A cute little card-handwritten of course will be perfect.)
The gift of Laughter. Clip cute cartoons. Share funny articles and sayings and stories. Your "gift" will say … I love to laugh with you.
The gift of a written note. It can be simple or as elaborate and emotional as you feel. (I have done this many times … and my family members always treat it like a keepsake. This is my favorite).
The gift of a compliment. Make it a sincere and from the heart compliment. This is something we all like if we feel it is true. Again, a unique note or a phone call will make that person feel very important in your life or circle of friends. (This is something you can do to anyone … even if you don't know them.)
The gift of a favor. Put your thinking cap on. People always need something and those closest to us shouldn't have to ask us for help. (Offer yourself for 4 hrs or a day for whatever that person might need.)
The gift of solitude. There are times when we need to be alone. Have quiet time. "ME" time. Give your special someone a block of time for them to meditate or pray. Very easy to do.
The gift of a cheerful personality. Go out of your way to say "thank you" or "How are you today" or "God Loves YOU" or "I really appreciate your friendship". Kind words, from the heart can change the other persons outlook for the rest of the day.
Well, there you have them. I saw this somewhere a long time ago … and it stuck with me. I felt led to share this with you believers. Basically, you are giving the gift of love in a different way.
I hope and pray that you will try these out. Have fun with them. Be creative. When you give these notes … wrap them in unusual items. A plant … the back of a picture, in a batch of cookies, in a frame, in a very large box, in an empty bottle, inside a christmas ornament, in an empty purse … well you get the idea. Wrapping paper is out of the question.
I pray that all of you enjoy the most precious gift GOD gave us! All of the above gifts can last a lifetime and can change someone's life.
I PRAY AND ASK FOR HEAVEN'S BEST TO SURROUND YOUR FAMILY IN EVERY WAY AND EVERYDAY!!!
Dr. Gwen Ford