Advice for Santas: It truly is the thought that counts

It’s the giving part that is more important to me. I really enjoy it and it feels good…it really does.

The gift-giving season is upon us, and let us remember this well-used cliche while we are dashing around the malls trying to find that perfect something for family or friends: “It’s the thought that counts.”

I prefer to give, rather than receive. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the receiving end too, in fact, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t.

But it’s the giving part that is more important to me. I really enjoy it and it feels good…it really does.

When I think of that little cliche, I note the key word: thought. And I try to put some of that into each purchase I make, big or small.

For me, it’s not about money. It can cost little and mean a lot. Or it can cost a bundle and be totally useless.

I mean, why would you give someone a set of wine glasses when he or she doesn’t drink? Or give a red sweater to someone who hates red? Or a Barbie doll to your little niece who is a tomboy? Know the person, and choose wisely. And if you really aren’t sure, choose “useful.”

There is one exception to the rule however: The good old office party, or Secret Santa gift exchange. In that case, it’s safe to say that pretty much anything goes and no one really cares. It’s all in good fun.

At this busy time of year we often feel rushed to “get it all done” and as it comes down to the crunch, the human instinct is to just grab anything and get it wrapped ASAP.

And if it’s on the clearance table, it’s even better. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

Or so it seems. Let’s just take some time this season to really think things through.  Ask yourself this when buying something for someone: Would I want it? Will they use it? Will they like it? Will it be first in line for their spring yard sale?

It’s really quite simple. Of course, there are always those who will say “you cant please everyone,” and that is very true, but we can almost be sure to please most just by using a little thought.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Cheryl Wirth

Surrey

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