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It’s the Thought that Counts?

Hard economic times might cause a lot more people to think “it’s the thought that counts.” Somehow through the years it seems like people’s definition of a meaningful gift has changed. For some, a gift isn’t considered meaningful unless it is new and/or expensive.

Have you ever caught yourself wondering what to give those on your list because truth be told, they don’t need a thing? What if you looked at each person’s name and asked, “If it’s the thought that counts, what would be the most meaningful gift I could give?” You might find yourself giving something entirely different than you first anticipated, and it may not cost you anything but your time.

One mom shared that each Christmas she and her husband require their kids to go through their toys and find something exciting to give each sibling. Even though it isn’t brand new, it is new to the recipient and it requires the giver to think about what another person would really enjoy.

If it is the thought that counts, what is the best gift for the most important people in your life? Does it really matter if it is new or not, or if it costs the same amount that you spent on another family member?

Here are some ideas to help you get your list going:

Does this sound a bit more complicated than just running to the store and buying a gift that they’ll be happy with for a few hours? The answer is probably yes, but there is something about giving a gift from your heart. While the gift is given with the intent to bless the one who received it, the giver often claims they received the biggest blessing.

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