Giving the Gift that Gives Back

Although we are out of the hectic holiday season, there are always moments throughout the rest of the year where gift giving is normal. There are birthdays, weddings, even mere “thinking of you” moments where we want to reach out to friends and loved ones and present them with a gift that shows how much we care for and appreciate them.

While these moments in life may happen throughout the year, the fact of the matter is that nobody wants to give or receive a bland gift. How can we do the most with our gift giving? How do we take this opportunity to give something special, memorable, and reflective of the one whom we are gifting it to?

Check out the following ideas to give memorable gifts to your loved ones:

Go Homemade

Nothing says thoughtfulness quite like a handmade item. This creates an opportunity to not only create a gift reflective of the recipient, but also of yourself, thus reflecting upon the bond that you and the person share.

Perhaps your gift is in regards to a memory you both share, or is a favourite item of theirs. Putting your skills to work to produce an item, be it a piece of clothing or a work of art, a favourite treat or a personal care item, these things are filled with love. Personally crafting your gift shows the care that you have for your recipient and makes the object all the more sentimental.

Give Experiences

We all have hobbies or activities that we love to do. Giving an experience creates memories that will last and creates opportunities to learn new skills or hone existing ones. If a friend or loved one enjoys music, get them tickets to their favourite musical group or singer. If they love art, give them the gift of painting lessons or drawing classes, or tickets to their favourite gallery.

For adrenaline junkies, there is always bungee jumping, or paragliding. For every activity and hobby, there will be a class or an opportunity to try something new. These experiences will stay with your recipient forever and be absolutely priceless.

Unique Items
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Unique Items 

Sometimes, giving a thing can be meaningful, especially if it is a unique item with a strong memory attached. Certain sites auction off spectacular relics such as costumes and various props from films, the chance to meet a favourite musical artist, or even a limited edition jigsaw puzzle of a favourite artist’s work.

The proceeds of these auctioned gifts are then given to charity, allowing the recipient of the gift to obtain something beloved while you gain the benefit of knowing your gift benefitted multiple parties.

Why not give a gift that helps others while providing a sentimental and unforgettable item or experience for a friend or loved one? As Gandhi said, “be the change you wish to see in the world”; create this change through giving.

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