I have been thinking about gift-giving. I love to find the perfect gift.
This time of year, as a person who celebrates Christmas, it’s common to find me standing at the entrance of a crowded store — frozen in my tracks. I have this blank, eyes-glazed-over look on my face.
Though the store is well-stocked with gift choices, I’m stuck thinking this person or that person doesn’t really NEED anything — and what can I possibly buy them that they don’t already have? What is THE PERFECT GIFT?
It’s a vicious, annual cycle. Can you relate?
With age comes wisdom. I am seeking less material things and more life experiences. It’s easy to project my own desire to simplify and create more open space onto others — who aren’t necessarily in that place — so I did buy some gifts for my people.
And in this process, I’ve come up with a short list of suggestions for that ‘impossible-to-buy-for-person-who-already-has-everything.’
1. Undivided attention.
2. A 20-second hug, which science proves releases all sorts of amazing endorphins.
3. An olive branch (figurative.)
4. A brainstorming session without agenda.
5. An adventure.
6. A love letter.
7. Home-cooked, love-infused food.
8. The gift of time.
Imagine the impact any one of these gifts would have on you if you were the recipient (given by someone that matters to you?)
Imagine giving in this way. How would you feel? I’m trying these out this year, as appropriate. It feels good already, just thinking about it.
Plus, less shell-shocked store standing. Bonus!