Mindful Gifting at Christmastime

Christmas is now well and truly just around the corner.  After weeks of non-stop toy commercials kids’ excitement is at a fever point.  Parents are also facing elevated stress levels.  But, in a world that so often emphasises the material side of celebrations and holidays, mindful gifting can offer a refreshing alternative.

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What is Mindful Gifting?

Being mindful when gifting means recognizing that a gift is not just the physical exchange of presents.  It is, or at least should be, an expression of love and appreciation for the person receiving the gift.  For me, watching someone open their present is often more enjoyable than opening my own gifts.  I love watching the expression on the recipient’s face and it brings me great joy in knowing that my gift is loved.

Mindful Gifting

Mindful gifting goes beyond the price tag or the label.  It is about showing that you have put great thought into your gift and that you truly know and care about the recipient.  After all, it is easy to buy generic gifts but, will these really bring any joy?  When you put real thought into selecting the perfect gift it really shows and, the best thing about such a gift is that the recipient will truly feel the love behind it.

Personalised Gifts

One way of showing that you have gone the extra mile is by choosing a personalised gift.  This shows that you have taken time to understand the recipient’s preferences and interests.  This could be a custom-made piece of jewellery, a monogrammed passport or a travel journal. 

Sporting equipment can also be personalised.  We love this personalised football plaque which we gifted to our youngest son for his birthday this year.  More of a golfer?  These personalised golf tees make a great gift. 

You literally can personalise almost anything.  From gifts for wine lovers such as this electric bottle opener to this stunning bookmark for bookfiends.

Gift Experiences

Struggling on what to buy someone?  Why not consider giving a gift experience instead of a physical gift?  After all, experiences which can be shared also offer the opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved one.

Examples can include a spa day, cooking classes, concerts or sporting tickets.

Mindful Gifting

Gift Your Time

Whilst the world slowed down during Covid we are all now back on the fast lane of life.  This means that our time is now more valuable than ever.  With this in mind, why not consider the gift of your presence?  And by presence, I mean your undivided and fully present presence! 

Consider planning a special day with a loved one.  Perhaps taking a hike, visiting a museum or going on a special dinner date.   Whilst you are at it, forget checking in on your phone and just enjoy the moment as it happens.  What other gift will show more clearly that you truly value the person you are with?  

Alternatively, you can also give your time by volunteering in community projects.  After all, is there any other thing which better encapsulates the true spirit of the season?

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Gifting

Looking for the perfect gift for a conservationist?  Then consider purchasing gifts made from recycled or organic materials or gifts which support local businesses.  Such gifts show that not only are you considering the recipient’s values but also the world we share.

Handmade Gifts

If you have a unique talent, perhaps you can knit or crochet, or maybe you are an amazing carpenter, why not make the ultimate personalised gift?  These can make the most precious of gifts and often can be the start of a family heirloom.  A hand me down which family members look forward to receiving.  I received two gorgeous handmade knitted blankets when my sons were born which I absolutely treasure.  I hope that one day they will be used again by my children for their own children.

DIY gifts are not to be seen as a “cheap” option.  In fact, in my mind, not only do they allow you to express your creativity, but they also show the effort and care that you put into creating something truly unique and special for the person receiving the gift.

Wrapped With Love

Just as the thought which you put into buying or making a gift is important, so is the way you present the gift itself although I must admit that I am now guilty of rushing through my gift wrapping.  It hasn’t always been this way.  It used to be a process which I looked forward to.  It was part of the Christmas tradition – watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas songs whilst carefully wrapping presents whilst munching on too many Christmas chocolates!  

Mindful Gifting

This year I hope to reclaim this tradition and view gift wrapping as an enjoyable task instead of a chore to speed through.  After all, there is enough rushing around on a day-to-day basis.  Christmas should be a time to slow down, reflect and connect with ourselves and our loved ones.  More importantly, the most valuable present that we can give at Christmas (or indeed any other time)  is BEING present!  

Still Struggling?

If you are still struggling to find the perfect present, don’t stress.  We have already done some of the leg (or scrolling) work for you.  Already on the blog, you will find great gift ideas for book lovers, football fans and wine aficionados.  

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