Some people love to choose and give gifts. Others don’t. Regardless of how much we love or dislike gift-giving, most of us are obliged to do it, especially during the holiday season. A good gift can bless a person well beyond the moment that the gift if opened. Even if gift-giving falls outside of your comfort zone, you can do it well. Anyone can, with a little careful and strategic preaquistional thought!
Of course, it’s ideal to give something that you both like, but recipient’s taste wins over yours
3. Only give high tech gifts to high tech gift appreciators. Your expensive attempt to “simplify” someone’s life may end up collecting dust. Gifts that require instruction books or booklets may be too complex for people who don’t like to read more than a paragraph of instructions. This is important for techies to understand. If you are in the same household and don’t mind being a personal assistant, or live nearby, then go for it. And if you do get a battery-operated item, it’s always nice to include batteries.
A good basic rule of thumb is that if the gift is primarily used to serve people other than the recipient, then forego it.
5. Consider the person’s personal needs. If you are choosing a gift for someone on a tight budget, it’s nice to give them something that they need, but to splurge on the quality or quantity. For example, give a coffee lover not just coffee, but a brand that they would forego due to finances. Or give an accessory to a woman who needs to dress up for work, but doesn’t have the resources to put into her clothing. Grocery and other gift cards will be appreciated, but should never be handed to someone in a plain envelope. Include a message with a blessing and enouraging word.
As in everything, praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance will increase the positive impact that your gift carries.
I Timothy 6:18-19 tells us, “Command (those who are rich in this present world) to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” Paul understood that sharing and generosity build up God's Kingdom are valued by Him. Seize the holiday opportunity and ask God to use you to answer peoples' prayers. Cheerful giving blesses people, and pleases Him.
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