“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
I love giving “just because” gifts; you know, a gift or note you give someone for no other reason than you love them! I have found these unexpected gifts to be so much fun to give, and the recipients are happy too!
“Just because gifts” became part of my family when my two daughters were young. We enjoyed presents on birthdays and Christmas, but I held back on my purchases so I had funds the rest of the year. I loved leaving that longed-for piece of clothing on their pillow or note of encouragement at their place setting or the bathroom mirror. The price of the item was irrelevant; I wanted them to know they were loved and cherished! Everyone wants to know someone loves him or her!
These “just because gifts” continued, as I sent notes or small gifts to my girlfriends. I’ve had several friends tell me they received my gift at the exact moment they needed to be reminded how special they were! I want to repeat that you can do this on a budget! A handwritten letter or card made by you will touch someone’s heart!
Recently, I was visiting one of my sisters. When I arrived she handed me a box, and yes, I could tell it was jewelry! As I opened it she said, “I knew you wouldn’t buy this for yourself.” Inside the pretty little box was a necklace and earring set that was funky and bright! She was right; I probably wouldn’t have purchased this for myself! Tears filled my eyes as I received my sister’s love and care. As a recent divorcee, I needed that! We all need that!!
Suggestions of “just because gifts”:
- Free items that often come with a purchase (perfume or make up samples, etc.). I love trying new products, plus they are great to pack when traveling
- A handwritten note (the best gift ever- you can read the message over and over!)
- A fragrant candle
- A devotional or inspirational quote book
- Body lotion or other pampering item
- Gift card to Starbucks, bookstore or a spa treatment
- Tickets to a movie or play
- Babysitting coupon to a Mom with young children
It’s fun now that my daughters are in their twenties and living on their own. We often mail or bring each other “just because gifts”! No one ever grows too old to receive a gift or note! So, who in your world needs a “just because” gift today?