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Giving Beyond Gifts!

Updated: Jun 27

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🎵🎶

However you choose to celebrate the holidays, the post-Thanksgiving season is a wonderful time to give to others. However, this doesn’t always have to mean a tangible, physical gift. Giving to others can occur in a myriad of ways, and it’s important to remember sharing oneself aside from the retail of it all during the holiday season.

Let’s start with the “5 Love Languages.” If you don’t know what a love language is, I recommend doing some research. They include words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, physical touch, and, of course, gift giving. Figuring out the love languages of those around you can be key to any successful relationship/friendship. But that’s beside the point. In terms of the holidays, knowing how to make your loved ones feel special can bring them immense joy during this time of year.

I refer back to these time and time again to remember that giving to others doesn't always have to translate to it comes in a box with wrapping paper and a bow. In fact, some of the best gifts include something much more meaningful and deeper. Here are some of my ideas for my loved ones this year (don’t let them see this):

  • My best friend’s love language is most definitely quality time. My gift to him this year is to plan a full day of holiday activities for him—sledding, ice skating, and tree decorating are all contenders.

  • My partner’s love language is words of affirmation. My gift to him is to put down our favorite memories from my friends and I into a mason jar. (I would also like to add that the holiday season is a little tough on him – I couple this with some quality time as well to help him create new associations with the season).

  • My mom’s love language is acts of service. When I’m home for the holidays, I plan on taking care of all her endless chores around the house—doing laundry, dishes, trash disposal, grocery shopping, etc. I’m the mom now.

Keep in mind, this doesn’t have to mean they are one type of love language. I consider myself someone who requires physical affection, words of affirmation, quality–honestly, all five…!

The best gifts to give to those around you are the ones that provide a little lift of the spirit. This holiday season, pay attention to what those around you really need. It can be so much more fulfilling when we really strike the hearts of those around us.


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Written by Travis Cilik

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