A Guide to Gift Giving with Purpose

Skylar Wooden and Katie Butler

December 05, 2016

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Gift giving has become 70% obligation and 30% genuine thoughtfulness. The later into December we get, the more we think “I have to get them something.” Not a specific well-thought-out gift, but something. It’s easy to forget we’re buying gifts because we love the person we’re buying for.

If a last minute trip to the mall—arms full of socks—feels familiar, you might want to reevaluate your gift strategy. Finding a meaningful gift can be enjoyable. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to steal.

1. Experiences

Things can break or get old or lost. The same can’t be said for experiences. Tickets to plays, concerts, and museums can be such meaningful gifts for a close friend or family member. The memory of that experience is something that will never tarnish.

2. Handmade Crafts

When budget is a factor, homemade gifts are not only low cost, but personal. Pinterest is full of ideas for DIY presents. No matter your skill level, you can find a craft idea that you and your loved one will love. Check out our favorites here!

3. Holiday Charity Events

Someone who is difficult to buy for can really throw a wrench into your thoughtful gift-giving plan. If you find yourself in this situation, consider donating in their name. To make it a bit more personal, choose a charity that supports an issue they’re particularly passionate about.

4. Books

A book is the gift of knowledge, entertainment, and so much more. We love fiction, but our latest obsession is creative non-fiction. Here are a few of our favorites:

We hope we helped you set your gift giving anxiety aside! Revel in the Christmas spirit now that you’ve made progress on your gift list. Look for our next post about approaching your first job as a stepping stone. Did we miss any of your favorite gifts to give?

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