Appreciation post for the little gifts!
It’s easy to scroll through Instagram and spot a dozen things you’re dying to own. The newest iPhone, that shiny new eyeshadow palette, maybe even a new car. You go through your feed long enough, and you’ll find someone or something to be jealous of.
Big extravagant gifts are great, sure. I think we’ve all wished for them at least once. But it’s the little gifts that are special. They’re the ones that can catch you off guard the most.
Things that only your best friend would know to get you, like a bag of Werther’s candy because you have a running inside joke about butterscotches. Things that make you laugh out loud, like a real, genuine laugh. The gift might be small and cheap, maybe even worthless to some, but to you it’s perfect. Another reminder of how lucky you are to have such amazing people in your life.
Yeah, new laptops and plane tickets are amazing, but who wouldn’t love that? Finding something that will someone gasp when they open it is a lot harder when you’re on a tiny budget. You’ve got to hunt for the little gifts. Little gifts make you get creative.
They make you scroll for 20 minutes to find that tweet from a few months ago when they made some offhand comment about a cute mug they saw one time. They make you search on Etsy to find something with their favorite but obscure character.
You don’t have to buy someone the most impressive, Instagram worthy thing that everyone’s dying to have. You don’t even have to buy anything! DIY it, paint, draw, print a picture. The money doesn’t matter.
The thought behind the smallest gift can sometimes leave the biggest impression. They can be the one that proves that someone knows you better than anyone, that they really do listen. I used to be self conscious because I couldn’t afford to get anyone anything expensive. I felt like I couldn’t compete, and whatever I got would just be tossed aside as soon as they left.
But then I remembered that some of my very favorite gifts have been the small ones. Washi tape and stickers. A framed photo. A handmade journal made with scrap paper. Inexpensive, but memorable. Little goodies that reminded someone of me. Things that someone put time and effort into, just for me. I didn’t care if it’d make anyone else jealous or not because that’s not what makes a gift great.
Christmas is coming so soon, and if you can’t afford to get a loved one something expensive, please don’t feel too bad about it. Gifts don’t have to be the most expensive to perfect. They just have to make someone happy!