I have been listening to Christmas music since early November and although this is WAY too early for some, I love it. I find that it helps calm me, excite me, and makes me grateful. Whether it be the incorporation of sweaters into my wardrobe once again, creamy soups becoming a weekly ritual or the sight of frost in the morning- winter is definitely upon us. With this comes a time of joy, but it can be stressful as well. I am sharing the perfect gifting tips for those closest to our hearts and the new friends we are sharing our traditions with for the first time.
I agree with the statement that "it's the thought that counts" but we don't just want our gifting extravaganzas to end there. In a means of finding the perfect gift, here are three steps to help you along the way.
1. Think about what this person means to you and contributes to your life. For example, is there an annual tradition that you have with your sister that you could build upon? Or would it be meaningful to start a tradition this year? On the other hand... have you been talking with your new neighbor about wanting to be in the kitchen more? Invite them over for a special fall/winter afternoon. Start by relaxing in your living room chatting over a new cocktail recipe or appetizer. Next, move into the dining room where you have prepared a delicious looking spread that puts everyone immediately in the holiday spirit. It doesn't have to be grand but showing that you put time into this thoughtful act goes a long way. Lastly, end the night with a warm savory or sweet dessert. This will leave them yearning for the winter season and with a stronger friendship than you started. (One of my favorite food bloggers is Dennis the Prescott check out his page for endless inspiration.)
2. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. The holidays can be a time in which we stress over getting the PERFECT gift. Although, in most cases, the "perfect" gift will come naturally and won't need to be forced. Think simply and the rest will follow.
3. Enjoy! Whether it be the search for or the presentation of this special something, let it come from the heart and enjoy this time that you have with those that you love. Don't get distracted by the minor complications but instead focus on the joy that it will/has brought you both in the end.
Best of luck in your gifting endeavors and happy holidays!