It’s the thought that counts. 

Most of the time that phrase is tossed around as a cop-out, a knee-jerk reaction to missed opportunities—things we thought about but never acted on.

When it comes to giving gifts, well, the thought is where it’s at.

Don’t you enjoy that moment when, after opening a gift, your ______ (friend, mom, sister, etc) says, I love this!

Here’s why I love that moment: When I give my best friend, Larissa, the “perfect” gift, she knows that I know her. That gift reaffirms (even if affirmation is not needed) that I “get” her . . . that she is understood by me.

Gift giving is at its best, another chance for us to know and be known. 

In honor of the sweet season of gift-giving that is upon us, I thought I’d share a few fun ideas in case you’re in need of inspiration!

A little something for the daughter, mother, sister, friends:

Homegrown Monogram Mug from AnthropologieMonogram Mug

Dipped Tote from West ElmDipped Tote

fashionABLE scarffashionABLE Scarf

Personalized Cutting BoardPersonalized Cutting Board

PieBoxPieBox

Home State TShirtHome State Tshirt

 A little something for the brother, father, son, friends:

Guts and GloryGuts and Glory

The Chart of Hand ToolsThe Chart of Hand Tools

Virginia Bacon SamplerVirginia Bacon Sampler

(Seriously. You can buy a bacon sampler.)

Great Mustaches MugGreat Mustaches Mug

Weekender BagThe Weekender Bag

I’m keeping a running tab of ideas and gift-giving inspiration of all price points and styles. Take a look at more ideas for ladies here and for men here!

Amy Jacobs is a marketing strategist for the magazine and young adult ministries of LifeWay. In her spare time, she blogs at Gather and Build.

Comments

  1. Great collection of gifts!

  2. Barb Calcote says:

    Lovely gift ideas…love the Amy Blog

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