Celebrating Christmas is a fun, memorable occasion that’s usually spent with friends and family, and is full of fun gift giving. But the reality is, after many years of celebrating Christmas and giving gifts to the same friends/family, it’s difficult to come up with something new. Simply said, Aunt Sally doesn’t want to receive a cooking appliance every year because at a certain point her home will look like a commercial kitchen. The goal of this article is to provide you with a few ideas on ways to give unique, memorable Christmas presents.
First and foremost, it’s truly the thought that counts when giving presents. A homemade card or gift has just as much meaning as something costly. In fact, it shows more thought. Think about giving Christmas presents that focus on the recipient’s interests as opposed to what’s flashy and trendy. It doesn’t always pay off in the long run.
Secondly, this Christmas you may want to consider giving an engraved gift that’s customized for the recipient. This can be a personalized picture frame, an engraved pocket clock, a personalized pen set, or anything else you can think of.
Lastly and most importantly, have fun! Christmas is a holiday that brings families and friends together, so ensure that the experience and the time you spend with loved ones is memorable.
How to give the best Christmas gifts ever?
Each Christmas, I spend hours upon hours looking for the perfect gift for each person on my list.
After I got married, the pressure to find the best gift grew to a whole new level. Our first Christmas as a married couple, I spent an incredible amount of money (that we couldn’t necessarily afford) on gifts to impress his family. I wanted them to like me and think we had it all together. But months of paying off those gifts taught me a lesson in remembering what gift-giving at Christmas should really be about.
While the Christmas season is often marked by joy, family time, and generosity, if we aren’t careful it can also be a time of jealousy, resentment, and competition. I stressed myself out mentally, physically, and financially trying to impress people. I wasn’t searching for gifts to make others happy; I was gift-giving to bolster my personal appearance and be accepted by my new family.
Gift-giving is about sharing with others from generosity.
Giving gifts isn’t about the amount or value of what we give. It’s about the motivation of our hearts as we share with others what Jesus has given us. Giving from an overflow of Christ’s gift for us allows us to experience the joy of generosity instead of feeling the pressure to measure up.
Three Guidelines for Gift Giving
- Understand why we give presents at Christmas.
In Matthew 2, three wise men travel from a faraway land to visit baby Jesus. The Bible says, “They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). Many believe that today’s custom of giving gifts is because these wise men, the Magi, gave gifts to Jesus. But the Magi weren’t the only ones to give gifts in the Bible.
We give others gifts out of thanksgiving and generosity.
- Be generous, not jealous.
If we aren’t monitoring our motivations, our “generosity” can be a result of jealousy and competitiveness instead of thanksgiving. Our motives for giving to others should not be about us or how others will perceive us. Our generosity should always point back to our feeling.
- Remember gifts are blessings, not burdens.
Gift-giving often causes stress and burden to both the gift-giver and the recipient. People spend large amounts of time and money choosing gifts that will impress, and recipients are often overwhelmed with the need to give gifts in return that measure up. The cycle becomes one of comparison and competition, and we often lose sight of the reason we give gifts, to begin with.
Gift-giving isn’t meant to be a burden. It’s meant to be a blessing for both the giver and the recipient. Giving isn’t about buying the most expensive present; it’s about remembering the blessing and sharing that with those around us.