I love Christmas. That’s probably why my brother doesn’t have much holiday cheer. I was always such a nerd about it that he knee-jerked away from it. But that was okay. I had plenty of holiday spirit to go around!
My favorite part of Christmas isn’t the decorating, although I love decorating. And it’s not the food, though I do love the food. And it’s not even getting presents, though that’s pretty fabulous too. My favorite part of Christmas is giving gifts to other people.
There’s nothing better than watching someone you love unwrap a gift you know they’ll go wild over. And it doesn’t even have to be an expensive gift. Just giving someone a gift that suits them, that fills a need, that makes them laugh is better than the most expensive item on the shelf.
So I thought I’d share the best gifts I gave this year, in case you’re looking for ideas for next year!
I’m not crafty. Like at all. One of my best friends had me make a Valentine’s Day card for someone, and she had to teach me how to cut out paper shapes. Seriously. I’m the worst. But there are home-made options you can make for people even if you can’t figure out how to draw stars or cut out hearts.
This took a bit of forethought. I had purchased a coloring book of Bible verses earlier in the year, and I spent most of the year working on coloring them. It’s so much fun to color, although I wouldn’t say it’s relaxing. But I picked out several verses, colored them, and then found picture frames to fit them at the Goodwill. And those were several gifts to several very special people in my life.
From previous years
Other years, I actually wrote short stories to give away as gifts. I wrote them, laid them out in Photoshop, printed them, and framed them. Those were awesome. Maybe I’ll do those again soon.
As much as I’d like to make everything home made, there are some things I can’t do. And some of the things I ended up getting sound so immensely practical that they wouldn’t make good gifts. But it comes down to knowing who you’re buying for.
This year, I ended up purchasing a new type of broom for my mom to use. Like I said, so ridiculously practical, but you’ve got to know my mom. I got my dad a mount for his smartphone that will work in his new truck. For my brother, I actually found his gift on vacation in Estes Park. I bought him a Sasquatch t-shirt! And then for my sister-in-law, I made her a photo book on Shutterfly with some of our adventures from the past year. I had loads of coupons from the emails I get from them, and it was enormously discounted.
Nothing fancy. But useful things that make life easier or make people smile or things that have memories attached to them. Those are my favorite kinds of gifts to give.
But it’s hard to talk about the best gifts you’ve given without mentioning the best gift you received.
Favorite gift I received
I’m just always so touched and moved when anyone gives me any gift, I hardly know how to respond. But my favorite top two gifts I received?
TARDIS cookie jar – My brother gave this to me. Isn’t it amazing?? It makes the TARDIS noise when you shut its lid. I probably won’t keep cookies in it, though. I’ll probably use it to store my pens! And it’ll look beautiful right next to my giant Darth Vader PEZ dispenser.
And tying with it as my favorite gift this year?
The One Ring – My sister-in-law gave me this. She bought it in New Zealand too! Is it wrong to be so nutty about this? No, I’m not calling it “Precious” yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I start.
My brother and sister know me pretty well, huh? 😉
In any case, that’s a list of the best things received and given at my house this year for Christmas. Did you get anything awesome or epic for Christmas? Share it in the comments. You never know what intrepid gift-giver might glean inspiration for this coming Christmas!