I love the holidays! I love the warmth and the peaceful feeling that holiday decorations and the spirit of giving bring. There are feelings of contentment, love, and community like at no other time of the year.
To me, the perfect gift evokes all of these same feelings. I don’t want to just go to the store and buy something. I want to give something that is memorable and that people will enjoy. Something they just can’t go buy for themselves.
I’ve been thinking about gifts that I’ve received in the past that meant a lot to me; they weren’t the ones that were expensive. Sarah, who is our Volunteer Manager at Goodwill made this amazing cranberry, dark chocolate granola a couple of years ago. It was not only delicious but I knew Sarah had put her love and time into making it. Last year, Michele who is our Marketing and Social Media Manager made homemade, stove top potpourri in a cute little mason jar. Every time I used it I thought of Michele. It filled my home with such wonderful scents and gave me a sense of peace.
That’s what I want to give.
It is my mission this year to give gifts that make others feel as special as the gifts I received made me feel. So, this leads me to my dilemma and my quest for the perfect gift.
The gifts that Sarah and Michele gave to me had several things in common:
- They were homemade
- They appealed to multiple senses
- I could not go and simply purchase them in a store
So, I’ve turned to Goodwill’s Pinterest page for inspiration. . .
Idea #1 . . . Everyone loves candles! It’s easy and affordable to find unique containers at Goodwill. These can be repurposed into candles for my friends a family. One-of-a-kind gifts they can use for months to come!
Idea #2 . . . So a few friends and I always do a wine exchange. I thought I could make it little more special this year with homemade gift wrapping. I plan to use thrifted sweaters to make the wine bags and add extra wine glasses courtesy of Goodwill! Best of all they can re-use the bag later to make a gift of wine to someone else more special.
Idea #3 . . . Create a one-of-a-kind vase for each of my friends. I can find vases for less than a dollar at Goodwill and then personalize each one for friends.
And with each gift this year, I will be sure to explain how it provides hope to people right here in our community who need the help of Goodwill to become more independent.
I wish each of you a very happy holiday season full of moments that turned into cherished memories.