A few weeks ago, my husband was out of town and returned with a gift for me. I had no idea what to expect, but thought maybe it was a t-shirt or trinket from the town he was at or something of that nature (you know, the typical gifts from out-of-town visits).
The minute we walked in the door, he was so excited to give me the gift that he didn't even walk all the way in the house. He slowly unzipped his bag and gently pulled out the gift. Now, to some of you, it may not seem like a great idea for a gift...but to me, it meant so much! The gift was an antique Argos A2F camera that he had found at an Antique store. It was still in it's leather case and needed some cleaning up, but it wasn't just that. See, my husband had heard me say in the past that I wanted to make a wooden box display for the wall in my office that would house different antique cameras. I hadn't spoken of it in quite a while, but he remembered.
I have to tell you, I cried. With tears rolling down my cheek as I looked at it as if it was a million dollars, all I could think about was how incredibly amazing this gift was and how in that moment, my cup was so full of love - it runneth over! He remembered. This gift was not only thoughtful, but spoke to my heart!
Gift giving has become so materialistic. There are whole holidays where the bigger or more expensive the gift, the more you feel that you are either liked, loved or going to be liked/loved. Where you are running around last minute and just choose anything because you have to give something and it doesn't matter what it is. I miss the days where gifts were thought out. Where you dig down deep to determine the best gift from the heart. Not necessarily the most expensive gift, but the most thoughtful & meaningful. Now, I am not saying that if you were invited to someones house, that you can't bring a bottle of wine to the host. That is being polite and thankful for their hospitality. I am talking more along the lines of a gift to a loved one or a gift to a family member or friend. You should know them well enough to be able to come up with a heartfelt gift.
Think about conversations that you have had, things you may have done together, things that they enjoy...and then put forth some time to find or design the gift...because when your gift comes from that place, it will mean so much more than anything else you could have given!