Christmas is the ultimate time of giving. Yet sometimes giving gets a little hard. It seems like this day and time people either fall into two categories the “have-nothings” and “have-everythings”.
The have-nothings are the children whose nameless profiles hang on the Angel Trees in the lobby at Church, at the exits of department stores and grocery stores.
They are the boxes you fill up for deployed soldiers who are asking for toothpaste and disposable razors and other common items that we forget we are privileged to use each and every morning.
They are the elderly in nursing homes who request sudoku and crossword puzzles because they have nothing to otherwise occupy their solitary hours.
The have-nothings are the families with sick children asking for monetary gifts because they will spend their holiday in hospitals, hoping and praying for health above everything else while still craving a normal Christmas for that child.
In comparison to those that have nothing, it seems so trivial to worry about getting something for the have everythings. Yet, when the have-everythings is a spouse or a close loved one the pull to gift is still just as strong. We still want to pour out that love into something tangible, physical.
When you think about gift giving with the have-nothings in mind it really changes your whole approach to the process. Why would you give something meaningless just for the sake of giving something? Put your heart into a gift, even if its one of those difficult to buy for people.
Now, I’m not saying that you have to give anyone anything. I am saying, if you feel moved to do so, make it count. Make it memorable. Make it worthy of being called a gift.
Heres a gift guide to get you started.
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Wooden Watches for Men and Women
I am mildly obsessed with Jord wood watches these days. While I did receive this watch for free to review I really couldn’t recommend it more. The watch is lightweight, delicate and stunning. It is a true showstopper and I get asked about it regularly. This particular wood watch, named Frankie is unisex and looks great if you are dressing up or down.
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This men’s wooden watch, named Dover is amazing. You can watch the gears turning which is a really fun feature. I love the attention to detail that Jord puts into each product. I gifted this to my father and he is so in love with his watch. Even he gets asked about it while he is wearing it, which I would never have guessed would happen! I just can’t visualize my 50 something dad chatting it up with another guy over accessories! Makes me giggle.
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Family Watercolor Painting
I am so in love with watercolor family paintings. It is such a fun, modern way to incorporate a family photo into your home décor without actually having to have a traditional family photo. This would be a big hit for art lovers, young families or grandparents.
Succulents are huge these days. When my sister-in-law moved into her new house this summer she went out and bought a bunch of realistic-looking fake plants to place all over. While I like the idea of incorporating a bit of greenery in your home, I really hate the idea of fake plants (sorry sis). These felt succulents really fit the bill for me. They clearly aren’t real but they offer the idea of greenery to a space. Plus they are CUTE and you can’t kill them!
I’ve had a custom necklace made from Peg and Pin and I absolutely loved it, so I can totally vouch for Jessica’s skills. These little peg families are awesome! You just give her an image to go off of and she will put it all together for you. She can even do pets!
Felt Letter Boards
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the last few months then you know that felt letter boards are all over Instagram and for good reason. They are so fun. You can change it up with your mood, photograph it, decorate with it… It’s just a great little creative tool. Felt Like Sharing has some of the cutest packaging I’ve seen and would make a great gift.
One of the things I love most about shopping small is the ability to have control over how and with what my products are made. What I love about the products from 2611art is the choice of cork as the primary material. Cork is a sustainable, eco-friendly material. No harming the environment or your gift recipient with these gorgeous bags and wallets!
I can’t get enough of bible art these days. I love the idea of bible journaling but I also have a bit of OCD and it would drive me insane if I made a mistake when coloring on my bible. These hand-painted bibles by Emma at In His Name Co are beautiful and require no artistic ability from the reader. You can request a custom piece and really make it fit your recipient’s style and personality.
Hand Printed Linens
Hand sewn and hand printed linens. Honestly, these are incredible. Bonus, the cotton is natural and the ink is solvent-free and environmentally kind. But really, who wouldn’t swoon over these colors and designs??
I hope this list has inspired you to dig a little deeper, give a little more thought and a little more heart into your gifts this season.
As humans we want to love one another, those that we know well and those that we don’t know at all. Christmas is that one season we take to really pour out that love.
Give generously this season, to those who have nothing or those that have everything. No matter what, how, when or to who, gift with your heart.