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Beyond Baubles and Trinkets: Give Gifts That Come From the Heart

I might be biased, but I do believe my book, Stories for My Grandchild, is a wonderful gift that comes from the heart ❤️

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I’m all about gifts that come from the heart. Darlings, the holiday season is a time for twinkling lights, crackling fires, and the warm embrace of loved ones. But amidst the frenzy of gift-giving, it’s easy to get caught up in the merry-go-round of “more, more, more.” This year, I say break free from the materialistic trap and rediscover the magic of gifting with purpose, with intention, with heart.

Forget the impersonal trinkets that gather dust on shelves. Instead, let’s weave threads of connection and create memories that will last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas for gifts that go beyond the ordinary, gifts that truly resonate with the spirit of the season. I’ve specifically curated gift ideas from Amazon so that you will have a chance to get them more quickly, if you celebrate Christmas.

And never forget that you can give gifts you can give from the heart and for your soul. Such as the gift of gratitude, the gift of enlightenment, and the gift of empowerment.

Gifts That Come From the Heart and Spark Love

Gift Experiences to Share

Gift the Experience of a Lifetime – The Ultimate Gift From the Heart

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For the wanderlust souls in your life, gift the world itself. A weekend getaway to a charming bed and breakfast, a guided tour through a historic city, or an adventure in a breathtaking wilderness. Imagine the shared laughter over cozy mugs of hot cocoa in a quaint cabin. These experiences, etched in their hearts, will become stories retold for years to come.

How fun would it be to be a globetrotting grandmother with your grands? I would love for you to gift yourself with the adventure of exploring our national parks next year with me on a group trip (learn more here)!

Give the Gift of Live Music

Gift your music-loving friend tickets to a concert to see that band they’ve been dying to see. Or surprise your parents with a night at the opera. These gifts aren’t just tickets, they’re future memories and emotions, shared in the magic of the moment.

Gift Memberships

Museums aren’t just dusty displays; they’re portals to other worlds, brimming with art, history, and endless discoveries. Gift your loved one a membership to a local museum, a passport to a year of artistic adventures. Or surprise your science-loving niece with a family pass to the planetarium, sending them soaring among the stars. These gifts unlock doors not just to knowledge, but to shared conversations, childlike wonder, and a deeper appreciation for the world around us.

Give the Gift of Lifetime Learning

Learning isn’t just for kids, darlings. For the lifelong student in your life, gift a masterclass in their passion, a cooking workshop for the aspiring chef, or a pottery class for the budding artist.

Imagine the satisfaction of mastering a new skill and that turning into memories. These experiences are not just about leaning, they’re about growth, connection, and the joy of pushing boundaries.

A Journal: Gift a Blank Canvas for Dreams

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Remember the thrill of receiving a brand new journal as a child? That blank page, brimming with potential, whispering promises of stories yet to be told. This holiday, gift someone the power of their own narrative. (I’m sharing a story on Sunday about the transformational power of journaling. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss it!

A beautiful journal, don’t forget to write a personalized inscription, can begin a journey of self-discovery, a haven for dreams and aspirations.

If you’re shopping for a grandmother, I happen to have the perfect gift for her. I wrote it myself as a way to share my stories and for you or your mother to share hers. Buy my book, Stories for My Grandchild: A Grandmother’s Journal, and pass your stories on to your grands.

And don’t be fooled by the “too feminine” misconception; boys and men too have stories to weave and journeys to pen. I’ve included one for tweens and teen boys.

Imagine the joy of gifting a grandfather a journal where he can record his life experiences, wisdom, and advice for future generations. A legacy crafted in ink and paper, passed down from heart to heart.

Frame Your Feelings – A True Gift From the Heart

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Words, darlings, are the most precious currency we possess. This season, frame them. Take the time to write a heartfelt letter to someone special, expressing your appreciation, love, and admiration.

Remember the time your friend lent a shoulder to cry on? The moment your sister cheered your biggest victory? Capture those memories, those emotions, in a tangible expression of your gratitude. Frame it with care, and watch their eyes well up as they hold your heart in their hands.

Give the Gift of Compassion

For those who seem to have it all, there’s a gift that transcends possessions: a donation to a cause close to their heart. Does your sister fight tirelessly for animal welfare? Make a contribution to her favorite shelter in her name. Is your brother passionate about environmental conservation? Plant a tree through a reputable organization in his honor.

These gifts, while not wrapped in ribbon, are testaments to your attentiveness, a silent echo of your love for them and their values.

Memories Are the Greatest Gift of All

The holidays aren’t just about exchanging presents; they’re about creating experiences that become treasured memories. Instead of another gadget, gift the time that truly matters. Offer to host a holiday dinner, the perfect opportunity create memories of laughter and shared stories. These moments, these shared experiences, become the greatest gifts of all,  the gift of family and friendship, cherished long after the last bauble is stored away.

This holiday season, let’s embrace the power of meaningful gifts that come from the heart. Let’s give experiences that spark joy, words that ignite passion, and moments that bind hearts together.

Remember, the greatest gift isn’t always wrapped in paper; it’s the gift of ourselves, given with love and intention, creating memories that will outshine anything material and fleeting. So, spread the holiday cheer, not with baubles and trinkets, but with gifts that truly come from the heart. That, darlings, is the magic of the season.

Merry gifting!


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December 15, 2023

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  1. Johnetta says:

    This forum needed shnaikg up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

  2. Bonnie says:

    The most special gift that I’ve given has to be the Barnes & Noble NOOK reader. I gave this to my dad for his 90th birthday and it brought him to tears (happy ones of course). Merry Christmas (Mele Kalikimaka) to you and Shelly.

    • Susan Good says:

      What is the Nook reader? I will have to look it up. Male Kalikimaka and a happy 2024 to you and family. Warmly, Honey

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