Samantha Meyer, Junior
Saving up, rushing through the mall, waiting in line, wrapping presents, and filling out cards are all normal procedures that go into giving someone a gift for the holidays. And although sometimes tedious… and expensive, guess what-- they don’t have to be! People often drop hints about little things they want on a daily basis, and if you just tune in and keep track of those, you’ll find yourself spending a lot less money and giving amazing gifts. Now I understand these subtle hints are extremely easy to forgot, so I have a little something that might help.
Inspired by Matthew Hussey, I challenge you to keep a G-file (G stands for gift). Now if you don’t know what that is, it is a list of people you care about, and every time they mention or you come up with an idea of something you could give them, you write it there. It could even be something they want to go do or see, like a concert. So for example, a couple weeks ago, one of my friends mentioned that her car wasn’t capable of having an aux cord (which totally sucks) so I wrote in my G-list, which I keep in my notes on my phone, to get her CDs of her favorite bands. Then when Christmas time came around, I already knew what to get her! All I had to do was pick up a CD from Target and take ten minutes to fill out a card. And even though I only spent about $15 on her, it was so incredibly appreciated because I actually listened to her.
Sometimes that is all a person needs to feel loved because essentially that’s why we give, right? So what better way to do that than to open your ears and absorb what they say. That's how to give more. You’ll learn more about them and ultimately grow a greater appreciation for them by looking out for these hints.
So forget about the Victoria’s Secret pajama set! Although… those are adorable! But really, what people want is to be loved and acknowledged on a daily basis, not just a couple celebratory days of the year. The best gifts are the ones that are received with “Wow that was so thoughtful of you.” I strongly believe in the cliché, ‘It’s the thought that counts’ because truly it is!