Gifts

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give ” – Winston S. Churchill

Did you know that ‘gifts’ are one of the 5 so called love languages? According to Gary Chapman (the author of the book ‘The Five Love Languages’), don’t mistake this love language for materialism. The receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring you this gift. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous. Gifts are visual representations of love and are treasured greatly.

My mom’s love language is definitely GIFTS. She would literally spend half  her holiday searching for the perfect gift for every family member or special friend. Wether they are going away for  a weekend to the Kruger National Park or for a long vacation somewhere exotic, she would tag my dad along in search of gifts.

I on the other hand, spend most time wrapping the gift I am about to give. Sometimes the wrapping would cost as much as the gift itself if not more!

For me there are only 2 rules to gift wrapping: Try to make an effort and for goodness sake, please cut the end of the ribbon neatly!

As we approach Christmas, I thought of doing a few Christmas “wraps”.

Gifts

Here are candles and serviettes I would take for the hostess of a dinner party. As you can see you don’t always have to use wrapping paper.

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Gifts

Instead of wrapping a gift in store bought paper, use the store bought paper to make up your own package.

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It is a fun project for the kids over the Christmas holidays and I believe it teaches them the importance of taking time to do something special for someone else.

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Gifts

Check out my Romancing the home friend’s interpretation on this week’s challenge of gifts:

Stacy at Sawdust and High Heels

Talia at My Shabby Shack

Ramona at Ruffles and Rust

And remember, some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all.