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#519: Precious Gifts Need Not Be Expensive

Saturday, December 24, 2011

We often equate how much a present costs with its quality. But the most precious gifts need not be expensive as Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE) showed in her December 4th blog www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

Her grandson Clayton was thrilled over a Santa Pez candy dispenser and a coloring book. The looks on his face with these two presents will make you smile.

Since reading that story I have been reminded of several inexpensive gifts I treasured over the years. Two in particular come to mind.

The simple bookmark I received at Christmas of 2001 from a co-worker has gotten a tad shabby and its tassel is now missing but I still use the marker and think of her every time I read the inscription on its back. She knew I enjoyed reading and liked astrological things and combined the two interests into a gift that maybe cost no more than a dollar, if that.

The other gift I remember fondly was given me by my nephew Evan a few years ago when he was four. It was a mystery book he had seen at a dollar store. He couldn't read, of course, but the book had a red swatch across the cover and, as he told his mom, "Uncle Louie likes red." It was an exciting read and he was so very excited to give the book to me.

No, precious gifts do not need to be expensive. A homemade something knitted, a plate of homemade cookies, even a telephone call like the one I received last night from my best and longest known friend will provide lasting feelings of gratitude and thankfulness.

It isn't how much we pay for something that adds value, it is the thoughtfulness that goes into the selection that makes a present invaluable.

Like a simple bookmark or book.

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    I always treasure gifts that cost more in time or effort than in $$. It takes no thought or imagination to give a gift card or write a check. But when someone who knows you and cares about you takes the time to determine what would put a smile on your face or a twinkle in your eye - something especially for you - that is really special and deserves to be cherished.
    3328 days ago
    Thank you, Lou for this reminder. It is so true, some of the best gifts probably don't even have a dollar value.
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year.
    3349 days ago
    The best gifts are those that come from the heart...when you really think of the recipient and what makes them happy, it is easy to choose a gift.

    My son makes a large salary and has everything he needs. If he wants something he goes and buys it. This year I gathered a selection of photos of his race car from the various races he has been in over the years and put them in simple black frames for him to hang in his office. He has thanked me over and over for them. I know he truly enjoys looking at them and also loves knowing I put them together to bring him pleasure. Double bonus!

    Thanks for another great blog, Lou.

    God bless you with a great new year!
    3349 days ago
    Great blog, Lou,

    I love receiving homemade gifts. And giving them, too. That's cool that you use and treasure that bookmark from 10-years ago!

    Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
    3350 days ago
    Well said! And here's a belated Merry Christmas to you!
    3351 days ago
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    3351 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    A great reminder from both you and Momma Little. I have many of those gifts that I cherish - most homemade by my sons or sister's kids. Other favorite gifts are that of a smile from people we meet along the way, an unexpected phone call, a hug, a comment on a blog or message on my spark page, etc.

    Have a wonderful Christmas day Lou, and know that you have given me many wonderful gifts through your friendship!
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    Comment edited on: 12/25/2011 1:53:39 PM
    So true Lou!! It is the thought that counts.

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    3352 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. I'm always saying we need to return to the old ways...a dinner with family, a simple gift, and foods cooked with love, a church service with family and friends. So much has gone by the wayside and now it is "I want" and not I could use or I need. God bless lou. Merry Christmas to all.
    3352 days ago
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    I do SO totally agree with you! I have many things in my home that I will treasure until the day I die and none of them are expensive except in the love they carried with them when given to me.

    Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas! God Bless you, Lou...you deserve it! emoticon
    3352 days ago
    AWESOME and so very right!!! It is the little things in life that we often treasure the most!!! My blog today explains it very well.
    Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas, Lou, with many wonderful memories!
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    3352 days ago
    Oh, Lou, you touched my heart! Thank you so much for writing me into your blog and taking pleasure in Clayton's joy over his little gifts from me!

    Tonight, I haven't been on SparkPeople much because I have been baking cookies for my 57 and 53 year old brothers, hoping they will be happy with my homemade gifts this year.

    You have given me reason to smile, and to know that yes, they will treasure my cookies and remember that their sister loves them very much.

    Lou, you are a very good guy. I wish you a Merry Christmas full of joyful memories. I pray that you will be able to make more joyful memories as you travel on your journey of life!

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    3352 days ago
    You know, I feel this way as well. So true. Have a lovely Christmas.
    3352 days ago
    You are so right! Acts of service are high on my list of what I like to receive.
    3352 days ago
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