My 2018 Christmas Gift Guide

I have always been a huge fan of giving gifts, but, the older I get, the less impressed I am by the ever-growing pressure of Christmas shopping. It is a wonderful feeling to find a perfect gift for someone you care about, but so much of this gift-giving feels forced, feels like it’s becoming less of aย want toย and more of aย have to.

It could just be my ageย or maybe I’m just changing what matters most to me, but gift-giving feels different now than it did before. For this reason, I decided to make a Christmas Gift Guide of my own. No sales. No early bird deals. Just gifts that you can give anytime, and to anyone.

for the friend who feels uncertain right now : encouragement

for anyone you encounter today : love

for the incredibly frustrating family member : compassion

for the manager or colleagues or who count on you : energy

for the parent or sibling who have done you wrong : forgiveness

for the friend or partner who remains faithful : trust

for the stranger filled with road rage or hostility : empathy

for the child who wants to show you what s/he can : attentiveness

for the partner who is always there by your side : gratitude

for the person who’s beliefs seem almost insane : tolerance

for the introvert (or teen) who would love alone time : privacy

for the colleague who goes above and beyond : recognition

for the best friend who has had a really tough year : comfort

for yourself, because you deserve this, always : self-love

for the one you haven’t spoken to in far too long : honesty

for the go-getter who appears to be a bit stuck : inspiration

for the person who asks you what you really think : advice

for the passing stranger in the hallway or on the street : warmth

for the loved one who gives his or her heart to you : love

for those who are so different from you in so many ways : acceptance

for the ones you want to cling too tightly to : independence

for those you have kept at a distance for no valid reason : affection

for the children who want to feel like they are all grown up : responsibility

for the person who cuts you off in line or on the road : kindness

for the friend who isn’t yet sure which path s/he should take : reassurance

for the child (or pet or adult) that makes you feel crazy sometimes : patience

for the person who always finds a way to make time for you : time

for the one you have been working with who is looking for a new opportunity : endorsement

for the partner you may have been neglecting a little bit lately : romance

for the person (or Virgo) who’s always, always on time : punctuality

for the friend you always do the exact same thing with every time : adventure

for the person who is rushing or speeding or in your way : consideration

for the ones who are heartbroken or hurting or all alone : tenderness

for the loved one who has never, ever stopped lifting you up : support

for the fellow human beings, who are just doing the best they can : vulnerability

Of course, most of of us (including me!) will still buy physical gifts for those we love, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with gift-giving. But I hope this post has inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to gift-giving, to remember the wise words from Dr. Seuss’ย How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “Maybe,” the Grinch thought, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”ย 

The Girl Who Writes Leah

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2 thoughts on “My 2018 Christmas Gift Guide

  1. Loved your take on Christmas gifting! I tend to be impressed with material gifts but truth is that sentiments have the most lasting impact on me!Great post!

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