The Greatist Gift

Welcome to the most terrifying time of the year – and I’m not talking about Halloween! It’s gift giving season.

Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings.

Chances are you have one or all of these occasions to get ready for.

Christmas is easy – you have one target date of the year to hit and the calendar date NEVER changes. Not so with these other days- yeah, sure they hit on Sundays, but the dates shift each year.

So the only way to stay sane is to develop a gifting strategy as your guide to navigate these waters.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to make it through to summer time and chill.

1. Stay true to yourself and your budget.

2. Think about your recipient.

3. Play to your strengths.

Stay true to yourself.

Don’t give something as a gift you wouldn’t enjoy. If you do not believe in an activity related to the gift, don’t give it. (Example: If you are against hunting, don’t give a hunting-related gift for Father’s Day. There’s always another gift option.)

Stay true to your budget.

This can be hard to do, but think about what occasions you know you will be gifting for and try to budget accordingly. You can also get very creative with this depending on the gift you are going to give.

Think about your recipient.

This is your mom. This is your dad. Your best friend, sister or brother. What is special about them to you and the occasion you are gifting for? What do they love? Gifting an experience (fabulous meal, event tickets, a special activity, class) or consumables (candles, chocolates, flowers*, gift cards**) is a great way to commemorate the day while leaving a smaller footprint on the planet. Shameless plug: Jewelry makes a wonderful gift, but if you are unsure your recipient will appreciate it, give them an Etsy Gift card.

*Flowers: If you are giving flowers and the recipient has pets, do not give lilies, tulips or other bulb-type flowers. Poisonous to cats (even the pollen) and dogs.

**Gift cards: avoid the ones from Visa or other credit cards if they devalue over time. Check the fine print on the back. Better to just give cash or another kind of gift card which does not expire.

Play to your strengths.

Would your recipient appreciate you using your special talents to make their gift? If they will, May 14 is Mother’s Day and June 18 is Father’s Day. You know what you love to make. Paint, draw, photo, craft, grow, plant. Channel that love into making the perfect gift. If you run out of time, you can always print out a personal gift certificate and put it in a card as an IOU. (Link takes you to our sister site,

If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy these early summer months and relax, knowing you are ready for these special moments.

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A few ideas for the DIY, whether for you to make or as a gift.