Valentine’s Day, birthdays, holidays, weddings, baby showers… it seems like everywhere we turn we’re buying gifts for everyone we know! (Is it just me, or is everyone on the planet either getting married or having a baby right now?) It can get expensive, and we can’t always give what we’d like to; trust me, I understand! I would have loved to be able to buy my boyfriend the iPad he wanted for Christmas, but I just couldn’t.
“So, what’s the answer?”
I am so glad you asked! I can’t tell you what to give them, but I certainly can share this: a thoughtful and personal gift can mean so much more than the newest, coolest toy which will be outdated in a few months—or worse, something the person won’t even like! The key to gift giving is actually knowing your loved ones: what are their interests? Hobbies? Favorite foods? Favorite colors? (Did you just go to their Facebook page to find the answers?) People ask me all the time, “what would be a good gift for my ______?” Wife, daughter, cousin, etc. My answer is always “I don’t know. I don’t know them.”
A friend of mine loves journaling and finding inspirational quotes, so for her birthday one year I bought a pretty little journal and handwrote quotes I thought she would like until every page was covered. Another dear friend of mine just got married and I gave her a set of Legos, which she thought was hilarious from a long-standing inside joke. You really don’t have to break the bank for every event; just invest a little time and thought. Gifts like that don’t say, “I love you this many dollars worth.” They just say, “I love you.”
And love never goes out of style.