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Co-Founders Crista & Lisa talk about what is still on their mind when their head hits the pillow.

The Art of Giving

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 

Brown paper packages, tied up in string…these are a few of my favorite things. Not long ago, I heard that it was my neighbor’s birthday.  This is a neighbor that I don’t really know well, however our kids are the same age and I’d like to get to know her better.  Well, I also happened to discover what her favorite candy bar was.  Later that day when I was out shopping, I bought her favorite candy bar - one of those super king sized bars that after you’ve finished eating it, you think…”what have I done?” and vow to never  eat another candy bar for the rest of your life.   At home, I carefully wrapped it up with pretty paper and a little bow and attached a simple handwritten card that read, “A little bird told me it was your Birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day!”  I had this little bird deliver the gift.  Later, she called me explaining that she didn’t have any plans for her birthday, so it made her day to sit down and indulge in her favorite treat.  (Which is O.K. since it is her birthday, right?)

In some ways, spring feels more like the beginning of the year to me than January.  I reflect forward, thinking about what’s awaiting this summer such as family trips, wedding events, and birthdays.  This leads me to think about the art of gift giving and the love that goes into giving a gift.  I’m not taking about the gift giving that we are accustomed to in the polite and obligatory way such as the token wedding gift.  We’ve all been there…rushing last minute to the store, hoping to find the right gift illuminated on the shelf and the perfect not too mushy, not too simple card, and “Oh yeah…where are the gift bags?”  Throw in a few bright tissue papers and…Presto!  Instant gift in less than 15 minutes!  No, I’m talking about the special thought that goes into gift giving, which provides joy to both the giver and the receiver.  I’m talking about the true meaning of the expression “it’s the little things that count.”

I personally enjoy giving handmade gifts, or ones with special thought put into the wrapping. For example, wrapping the gift in the comedies, placing a fresh flower in the hand tied bow, or using brown paper tied up with string.  How about picking a bouquet of flowers from your yard and leaving them on the doorstep of someone that you know is having a difficult time with attached note saying, “I’m thinking of you.”  When is the last time you baked a cake?  You could make a cake for someone special and pipe frosting on the top stating, “Just because!”  If you have a green thumb, then it wouldn’t take long to throw together a window sill herb garden for your “I don’t have much of a green thumb” friend.

 I realize our schedules don’t always allow for making each gift special, but we should make time now and then for this special act and art of giving.  There is something that feels good about knowing that you put a smile on the face of someone that you care about.  So, do something that is not only good for someone else, but good for you too and discover the art of giving! 

                We would like to hear ideas that you have about how to add a special touch to a gift. 

Posted by Lisa Damron




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