How to give meaningful gifts for Christmas

December 25, 2012

By Madeline Wells

Christmas is fast approaching, and some of us are feeling stuck regarding what to get our friends and family for the big holiday.

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Before you give up and grab the nearest gift card, stop and think. Wouldn’t it be great to receive a truly meaningful gift? It’s the thought that counts, right?

You may recall the cute, handmade gifts you made for your parents for Christmas when you were little. Giving meaningful gifts when you’re older is just like that, just maybe minus the artistic skills of a 5-year-old. Here’s how to give a gift that means a lot:

1) Assess your artistic abilities. If you’re a great painter, why not paint something for the person in question? A homemade gift is always a great way to make things personalized and meaningful. If you are artistic, here are some options:

  • Painting/drawing
  • Framed photograph
  • Collage
  • Pottery
  • Quilt
  • Knitted scarf/sweater

Whatever you are capable of and know will turn out well!

2) Think about little details that have come up in conversation with the person. Remembering a little detail like how much your boyfriend likes a certain song and buying him the CD with that song on it will show how much you care.

3) Make a thoughtful holiday card, dessert, piece of poetry or special playlist for the person. These items have the added bonus of being inexpensive for those of us who are looking to gift on a budget.

4) Consider a person’s interests. If she’s a huge Doctor Who fan, create a Doctor Who related piece of art — or, if you’re lacking the skills and have money to spare, order a Doctor Who T-shirt.

5) Commemorate a good time you’ve had with this person and turn it into art. For example, if you and your friend had a really fun time at the beach a few weeks ago, base an art project on that.

6) Give a nonmaterial gift. Make a certificate promising the person a special favor, or donate to her favorite charity under her name. Giving a gift that gives back is one of the most meaningful gifts you can give.

Good luck, and happy gift giving!

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