I don’t have life all figured out. Not even close. But there are a few things here and there that I have “cracked the code” on, and I think it’s important to share those truths with the people who
want to listen.
For example: I have come to the realization that, in gift giving, the old adage “It’s the thought that counts” is kind of true. But let me take it one more step.
It’s the presentation that counts.
Seriously, you can slap a bow and a nice tag on just about anything and make it into a really thoughtful gift. My neighbor a few years back needed to give volunteer appreciation gifts to the board members of her organization. We’re talking about 15-20 gifts here, and they had to be thoughtful, and there was no budget. So she planned an ice cream party, and presented each person with an ice cream scooper that had a bow on it and a tag that said “So glad we scooped you up!” I know it sounds goofy, but it was cheap, it was thoughtful, and it worked.
The presentation was the key. If she had just handed each person a plain old scooper and delivered the corny line verbally, they probably would have been unimpressed.
I am always looking for good ways to make an inexpensive thing into a nice gift. Here is the latest thing I have come up with!
It’s moving season, and I like to give a housewarming gift to my new neighbors. Baked goods are out of the question (I’m not much of a baker), and I don’t like to give houseplants either (I’m also a plant killer). I have to come up with something else, since the two most common housewarming gifts are outside of my realm of expertise.
When you break it down, though, a housewarming gift is not meant to provide sustenance to the new family. It’s not meant to provide decoration. The purpose of the gift is to introduce yourself and say welcome. That’s it.
Here is what I am giving this summer.
Here is a little JPEG file with the images and text that I used if you want to make your own! I would love to get a pineapple as a welcome gift–I think a nice touch would be to wire some mini bottles of cake flavored vodka into the bow….you know, so I could enjoy a fruity mixed pineapple upside down cake drink after a long day of unpacking. But that’s just me!