How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

Margaret —  December 16, 2013 — 6 Comments

How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

I’ve always struggled buying the perfect gift—you know, the one your loved one remembers for years to come. Maybe you struggle shopping for the Person-Who-Has-Everything, too.

It’s too small. Not the right color. They have three just like it.

Rather than preparing my heart for the coming birth of Christ during Advent, I find I get trapped in wish lists, gift budgets, and picking out that perfect present.

How did a holiday centered around the birth of our Savior quickly became so focused on spending, presents, wrapping, and bows?

Did you know Americans spend over $450 billion on Christmas every year? [Tweet this]

Yes, that number makes me cringe, too.

Let’s change things together this year, shall we?

Giving during Christmas isn’t supposed to be about finding the perfect gift or getting everything on your wish list. Instead, the gifts you give are meant to be representation of the Greatest Gift ever given.

How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

For God so loved the world, that he GAVE. [Tweet this]

The Greatest Gift didn’t come wrapped in bright paper and bows, but clothed in rags. This Gift wasn’t expected or deserved, but grace lavished freely.

When we give to others during Christmas, we are representing God—the greatest gift giver, ever. A chance to share the love of God with others.

For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his one and only son.

It wasn’t just any gift. It was the Gift of Himself. That God stooped down and to be God with skin on—the Immanuel, God with us.

This year, instead of searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones, what if you gave the gift of yourself? [Tweet this]

Instead of spending hundreds of billions of dollars, what if we gave our time—baking, babysitting, grabbing coffee, making dinner plans, and meeting the needs of your loved ones?

This holiday season, you may give gifts to your family, friends, co-workers, and others. But as you give, don’t forget that each gift represents the Greatest Gift—the gift of God giving himself to us.

How are you going to give the gift of yourself this year to your loved ones? What gift ideas do you have?

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6 responses to How to Give the Perfect Gift This Christmas

  1. What a beautiful reminder. I especially love that each gift we give should point to the real Gift and Giver.

    • Yes– it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the consumerism of this season. Need to keep reminding myself what all those gifts are about!

  2. Amen Margaret! By the way, that little package that came in your mailbox the other day came with something you couldn’t see: My friendship and the promise to pray for you and to encourage you!

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

    Big hugs,
    Alicia Roark

  3. Margaret….totally agree. Last year before the gifts were given out I explain to my grand kids that the greatest gift I had been given was God’s grace in saving me….I then explained in language they could understand what that meant. A couple of months later I received a phone call from my granddaughter who is 8 and she told me she had accepted Jesus as her Savior and that what I had shared she remembered and thought about and then at church she told her daddy she wanted to be saved. This year because it has been very hard and sad I have been led to talk about Joy and Joy came to the World in Jesus….and talk about when we are sad and hurting and not happy that we still can experience His joy because of knowing He loves us and is always with us and that someday we will live with Him forever. Most of my grand kids are old enough to understood the Truth now and understand sorrow to some extent….because we just experienced another family death a month ago. I am praying that Jesus will draw another one of the kids to Himself. Love you Margaret and thanks for sharing your heart and life with us. Prayers continued for you and your Dad. Love ….Carol

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