Giving Presence This Year for Christmas Might Mean the Most

Finding the right toys, electronics, sports gear, or other gifts may not be your strong suit come Christmas time. The holiday itself has become so commercialized and bogged down from its true meaning. I know I’m not the first person to realize this, but I still like to remind people of it. Everybody was just so caught up in Black Friday and Cyber Monday a few days ago, and it made me think about what I should get for family members this year. In some cases I feel like it might just be nice to spend more quality time with some of them.

I was given this idea by a post on Playground Dad about giving gifts of presence not presents. This post was titled so well, and it made me realize that some of my family members might appreciate the “presence” more than some “presents”. The post also gave some ideas about how to give “presence” as a gift that can be spread out over a year.

How would you feel about receiving some “presence” for Christmas this year from a family member?

Personalized Gifts: Thoughtful and Unique Gifts are the Best

There’s simply nothing better than a personalized and thoughtful gift. Giving a gift is great, but giving a uniquely personal gift is even better. The person receiving your gift knows that some extra thought and effort went into your gift idea. Getting somebody a gift with their name or initials on it is really nice.

I read a post on Mom 4 Real about, The Coolest Gift For The Sports Freak in Your Life. This is a really cool gift idea for a big sports fan, I would personally love to get one. The author’s family members are fans of the Cincinnati Bengals, so she had personalized calendars made. The calendars feature 12 of their favorite players for each month, and she could even make sure that her son’s favorite player was featured on his birthday month! What a thoughtful and neat gift!

What kinds of personalized gifts have you given in the past?

Birthday Party Etiquette: Opening Gifts at the Party

Having a birthday party for you child can be really tough to plan. Something that not many parents think of is whether or not they should open the presents in front of everybody. I have always felt that opening presents was better left for a more private time, but I have been to parties where the child opens every present in front of everybody in attendance.

This post titled, “10 Reasons to Not Open Birthday Gifts at Your Child’s Party” was very eye opening. I think you will realize that having your child open their gifts at a party is not a good idea after reading it.