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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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