It is the season of gift giving. Currently, my tree is bursting with presents beneath it. I love considering just the right gifts for neighbors, friends, and family, especially my husband and children. Each person’s name under the tree is special to me in some way.

The part of gift giving I enjoy has little to do with money and everything to do with expression. Each type of gift communicates something from the giver to the receiver.

A gift that fulfills a need of some sort says, “I notice and care about you.”

A gift that is a complete surprise says, “I know what you need, even if you didn’t know you needed it.”

A gift that brings beauty communicates, “I want to surround you with reflections of the best this world can offer.”


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