What is it about this season and gift-giving that is so inspirational? Maybe you’ve never thought of it that way, but I submit that there are a number of ways that you can enhance the season by adding a bit of imagination to the gift-giving process.

If you are at all like me, you enjoy the entire process of selecting, wrapping, and sending gifts. To avoid the boredom of repetition, I buy as few redundant gifts as possible. My son can probably relate best to that observation. It became a joke to us that I bought exactly the same clothing present for him year after year. He finally did both of us a favor by suggesting that he was just as happy about buying this item for himself.

To avoid that, I have opened my perspectives and begin shopping for gifts as soon as I can. On occasion, I find something in spring or early summer that would be perfect for this person or that one. And each time I reach to buy something that I have “always” bought, I withhold that urge and move along to another department or different store.

Beyond that, it is simply a matter of imagining the faces of recipients when they see their gifts and open them. In the past, I have gone to great lengths to create festive and complex decorations but because most of my gifts are being shipped and subject to the stress of packing materials, I have minimized that activity.

But you can easily find new and terrific ways to expand your gift-giving experiences. Send a unique food to someone you know loves to try unusual things. Send a gift certificate to a “luxury” store for someone who would not likely ever visit that venue. And do whatever you can to personalize anything and everything you send. This is the best time of year if you enjoy gifts as much as I do. Make certain that your process of selecting and sending is as joyous as the feelings your loved ones will have when they receive. Shalom.

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