Hey everybody! I know it’s only September but it’s never too early to plan and start shopping for the holidays. By shopping all year my sister and I don’t get stressed at the final hour. We shop ahead of time for birthdays and special events the same as we do for Christmas. Many people frown upon it, but I say give it a try, you might like the experience.
Start in January? Yikes! Yes we take advantage of the after Christmas sales the end of December and beginning of January. Try keeping your eyes and ears open for information and sales. That would be for everyone on your list but more especially the “those who have everything” group. That way you can discover and buy all year and avoid another anxiety attack a week before Christmas. I included a short video and a few tips later in this article to help with the overall process. You will also see a few distinctive gifts displayed for “those who have everything”.
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Try getting organized and give yourself plenty of time to make that special find. I watched a show with my niece about organizing and maximizing closet space. She loves to have everything on schedule, organized and in it’s place. I applaud her, I say it’s great if you can do it.
The producers showed a small closet with shelves that held nothing but gifts neatly wrapped and categorized. The Christmas gift list was displayed on the inside closet door. The lady checked off her last gift on the list and it was only the beginning of October.
There was even a large selection of gift wraps, bows and ribbons. They were arranged, as neat as you please, in a cart on wheels and stored in the same closet. The moderator explained that the display of gifts were not just for Christmas. They were gifts for different occasions all year and Christmas.
Why So Much Gift Giving?
First of all what’s it all about, all of this back and forth gift giving at home, in the office, to neighbors, in church, the mailman, the gardener, the pool man, the doctor, the lawyer, the teacher, the pastor, and any and everyone who provide service to us. You get a gift, you get a gift, and you get a gift, and everyone gets a gift. (I hope you’re smiling)
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We all realize when we give to someone else, they experience some form of happiness and pleasure. The other side of the coin is that the giver receives a sense of satisfaction and joy as well. It’s all about love and caring for another person not just the size or cost of the gift. So let’s keep that in the equation.
Remember, hard to please or not, recipients don’t really care if you paid nothing or thousands of dollars for their gift as long as they like it and it’s useful to them. So pay attention to what they say and do and what they like and dislike. Notice where they like to go for entertainment and dining, and what their hobbies are throughout the year. Just in case you are forgetful like I am, make a list and keep notes.
What About Those Who Say They Don’t Want Anything
The senior members of our families tend to not want to be a bother to anyone. Maybe they don’t want to feel obligated to give a gift in return. That has happened in my family for sure. Even my husband used to say, “don’t worry about me, just take care of the children”. I understood it to mean he was concerned about the budget, or didn’t want to make added work for me. One might not feel good about themselves subconsciously sometime, low self esteem, etc. That is the person I will be sure to observe and listen to very carefully. I love to see the good feeling they get and the smile on their face when they open the gift I gave them. That is the joy of giving to me.
Please watch this short video for a few good suggestions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqJSR4EvqD0
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A Few Ideas To Help
This long list of people might be okay but I think we expect too much from ourselves. I believe my homemade preserves, homemade pound cake, or homemade fruitcakes made in September and aged til Christmas. Fresh baked goods are more valuable and satisfying than any store bought gift. Many people on my list look forward to them during the holidays including the so called “hard to please”. Don’t give a rich fruitcake to someone who doesn’t like fruitcake. Find out if they prefer pound cake, cookies or brownies, or homemade fudge.
Encourage everyone on your list to register with Amazon Wish List. It’s an excellent tool and hopefully you’ll find something on their list that’s within your budget. They would just go to Amazon.com, search for amazon wish lists and registries. Then follow instructions on the landing page to register your personal wish list. Here is a brief video to learn how. https://binged.it/2xt1vgU
Give yourself time. I watch the sales beginning in January and throughout the year. Right after the holidays is a great time to find great gift items at a discount. This applies to all occasions, not just Christmas. When you see a good buy, think of who might like it and put it in your gift closet until there is a good time to give it to them.
Remember, the perfect gift is the gift the recipient asked for. How easy would that be? I know we’d like everyone to be surprised and love the gift we have chosen, but what if they don’t like it. So observe, listen and ask questions. If someone tell you they want socks, give them socks carefully and beautifully wrapped. Presentation makes a big difference in how any gift is received.
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A few final thoughts
1) Through the years I have learned to give from my heart without any expectation of a return.
2) Pay attention, if you care, to see what a person wants.
3) The intention behind your giving is as important as the gift. The intention should always be to create happiness for both the giver and the receiver
4) Give charitable donations and gift cards only when you know that will make the receiver happy; not for your own convenience.
5) Pay no attention
One of the basic laws of life is that when you are generous, kind and encouraging toward others, it will return to you many times over.
In conclusion, try shopping throughout the year. Observe and take notes. Include homemade gifts as an option. Give from the heart with no expectations in return.
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Until next time I wish you joy and good health!