Gifts from the Heart {Tips}

I grew up with 4 brothers so Christmas was a lot for my parents. They had to provide not only food and shelter for all of us kiddos, but they had to balance Christmas. Last year the hubby and I decided not to buy RJ any gifts, but instead we got her an ornament that we can’t wait to show her as she gets older. Matt and I have had the tradition since we got married to make an ornament for one another every year and exchange it on Christmas Eve. Not gonna lie, Hubs is way more talented than I am in this department. It’s been a lot of fun doing it as a couple and now we want to do it for RJ. Each year we will make or buy her an ornament and give it to her on Christmas Eve to hang on her own special tree.


When RJ get’s a little older (most likely next year) we are going to do the four gift tradition. We will buy her something she wants, something she needs, something she can wear, and something to read or watch. A couple weeks ago my BFF D gave a great chat at our MOPS meeting about gifts from the heart. I loved it so much, that I just had to share some of her tips. Gift giving can get so overwhelming and honestly sometimes out of hand.

Things to consider as you give intentionally: 

1. Keep a Christmas shopping list in your phone. This way when you are with your family member or friend and they mention something they love, you can keep note of it.

2. It’s ok to spend different amounts on different people for the perfect gift. It really is the thought that counts.

3. Listen to hints that people give of what the may like or want.

4. Give from a genuine place in your heart, not because you feel like you “have” to.

5. Give the gift of time or an event. Make a gift certificate for someone inviting them out to go bowling and dinner, but make sure you remember to take them.

6. For kids, consider “four gifts”:

1. Something you want

2. Something you need

3. Something to wear

4. Something to read or watch

Wrapping techniques: 

Why bother to wrap gifts beautifully? 

1. They are pretty to look at under the tree.

2. It shows that you put time and thought into giving.

3. They’re more fun to give.

4. There’s more anticipation to open them.

Appreciation gift ideas: 

1. Think “outside the box” to avoid gift cards when possible.

2. Try to get organized for a group gift instead of several small gifts.

3. Baked goods are great for neighbors. An inexpensive plate or box can dress it up.

Question: What is the best gift you ever received?


5 responses to “Gifts from the Heart {Tips}”

  1. Love your ideas, especially the ornament tradition for RJ! Decorating the tree was my favorite growing up, it felt like each ornament had a special story and place!

    I too keep a list on my phone, but this year I’m starting a google drive doc to track what I buy. I keep thinking, wait did I give that person a blanket last year? Or my favorite candle? (I love to gift some of my favorite splurgy items!). So, I hope this list helps in future years!

  2. I’m a big fan of keeping a list on my phone! Without it, I always forget what to tell relatives when they ask what the kids and I want for Christmas. I also do use it to keep track of anything I think if for someone else.

  3. I can definitely appreciate this.
    I do not celebrate Christmas and one of the big reasons for that is the commercialism, materialism and consumption it promotes. The pressure, guilt and expectation felt too out of control and I had to step away from it.
    I like the thought that if there are going to be gifts, they are more manageable and meaningful.

  4. I have never heard of the “four” gifts idea-that is awesome! I am definitely going to consider doing this! Awesome!

  5. Last year Nate and I were only doing stockings BUT Nate made me a tie blanket which I never would have thought of but have totally wanted forever! It was incredibly thoughtful. 🙂