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 a want to and more of a have to.

It could just be my age 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’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: “Maybe,” the Grinch thought, “Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” 

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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