“What gifts do you want for Christmas?!”
It’s yelled at me from all angles. Don’t get me wrong, I know the older people get, the harder they are to shop for. However, I must admit I’m never all that helpful when people ask me.
The truth is, I find it awkward listing specific items for gifts. In all honesty, I could be happy with the cheapest, smallest thing, as long as it had meaning. For some, that probably still isn’t all that helpful (Sorry mum), so I thought I’d explore it further in a post.
I like gifts that focus on the small things
Every so often I mention something, most of the time in passing. I never think anything of it at the time, and then next thing I know someone remembers and melts my heart.
These are possibly my favourite kind of gifts. It’s a physical representation of love and attention to detail. Somebody cared and wanted me to be happy enough to take note of a small thing that I said and hold out for a special occasion to get it for me. Sometimes it’s a thing that I’ve even forgotten that I mentioned, and then there it is. You honestly could not put a smile on my face easier.
I like “I saw this and thought of you” gifts
For the last few years, my friends and I have done a secret santa. Last year, my friend messaged me asking if she could rig the secret santa so she ended up with me. Why? Because she saw something in a store and she really wanted to get it for me. At that point the rigging didn’t bother me at all, because I was so touched that she had thought of me in the first place.
Knowing that somebody had me in their mind, and knew me enough to assosciate something with me absolutely touches my heart. At that stage, it barely even matters what the gift is, it’s all about the sentiment. Plus, who doesn’t love finding out how those who care for us perceive us?
I like practical gifts
I promise you, this isn’t as boring as it sounds. By this, I mean that I’ve always been more appreciative of gifts that I know I can use. This stems from anything from notebooks to clothes to makeup to appliances… It’s just that If I know I’ll get use out of it, I’m far more excited.
I do appreciate things that I can’t really use. Especially when it comes to things like pictures in frames, or decor, or other cute things. However, my favourite gifts are the kind that I know that I’ll get good use out of.
I like charms (with meaning)
I don’t really talk about it on here, but since I was 16 I’ve had a pandora charm bracelet, that I use to document my life. However, I don’t exactly let any charms go on it. Each charm has to have a meaning, or be part of a milestone in my life. For example, at the moment, I have:
- Charms commemorating my 16th 18th and 21st birthdays
- A charm from St Lucia (Half of my ethnic origin)
- The first charm my parents ever bought me for the bracelet
- Two charms that my friends got me for my 21st
I currently plan on getting one to commemorate my blog, as well as my newly found love for travel. My plan is to fill it with the milestones I encounter throughout my life. It’s like a little story on my wrist.
Basically, I like “the thought that counts” gifts
Yes, saying “It’s the thought that counts” is an incredibly overplayed cliche. However, I truly mean it. Essentially, all of these gifts have the concept of thoughtfulness in common. I like gifts with meaning, and gifts that show that a person cares for me and thought of me. I try to emit this energy with every gift I give, and so, when I receive the same effort it makes me extremely touched.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate other gifts. Honestly, I find anyone giving me a gift at all amazing! But if you wanted to know what I really like receiving, this pretty much sums it up.
What do you like to receive for Christmas? Let me know in the comments!
19 days until Christmas!