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It's the thought that counts

Updated on January 16, 2010

They say that it’s the thought that counts and with the continuing credit crunch putting pressure on us to make each of our hard earned cents count it is just as well they are right.  Thoughtful presents don’t have to be expensive but there can be a fine line between a present looking inexpensive and it looking cheap, especially if you don’t know the person you are buying the present for that well, but really want to get to know them better!

So let me give you my definition of a thoughtful present.  It is a present in which the giver has invested a little bit of him or herself and this investment shows itself to the recipient.  So let me give you an example, when I first left home to go to college my grandmother gave me a pretty tin which had previously contained some toffees – a used toffee tin might not seem like much of a present to you even if it is pretty but to me it is one of my most treasured possessions.  What made the present special was the investment my grandmother made in filling it.  She filled it with various bits and pieces to make it into a sewing box.  Some of the items were new like my tape measure and the scissors but many of the items were parts of her collection of threads, cottons and buttons which she had built up over a large number of years.  I may not use my sewing box that often but each time I see it in the cupboard it brings back very fond memories of my grandmother.

Giving thoughtful presents is a journey for the giver.  In own example I can see my grandmother carefully choosing the tin to use as my sewing box and then writing a list of the things that would need to go in the box and working out which items she would need to buy and which items she would provide.  I can also picture her sitting in her favourite chair going through her own much larger sewing box deciding which items to include in my gift and which to keep.  I know that many of the items in her sewing box held many special memories for her and I am certain that she would have got a great deal of pleasure as she sorted..

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  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    6 years ago

    Hi Bernard

    You've summed it all up perfectly as always.

    Amber:)

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    BERNARD LEVINE 

    6 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

    BLESS SOMEONE TODAY By BERNARD LEVINE

    Bless someone today with words of kindness

    Do something nice for a friend

    Sow seeds of encouragement into a stranger's heart

    Tell your loved ones you greatly adore them

    Make someone's day precious and beautiful

    Give God praise for His greatness

    Strengthen your companion with fruits of joy

    Add faith to your neighbour's life

    Bless someone today and remember - Jesus loves you.

    © Bernard Levine

  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Hi katie

    Thank you for your lovely comment, sorry I overlooked it.

    Amberx

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    katiem2 

    8 years ago from I'm outta here

    WOW now that's the meaning of a gift and it is the thought that counts. So often we get and receive gifts that have been little thought and in fact aren't useful or truly something we want or NEED. What a great topic on it's the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving and showing someone how special they are. Peace :)

  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Hi Wren

    Yes it was a lovely present. Giving something of yourself pays off in many other things apart from present giving don't you think?

    Amber

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    wrenfrost56 

    8 years ago from U.K.

    What a great present from your granma. I agree it's about giving a piece of yourself. :)

  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Mekenzie

    Thank you for taking the time to read my hub and leaving such a thoughful comment.

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    Susan Ream 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Amber, Enjoyed your writing in this hub. I think you are very special ... your account of how your Grandmother's heart was wrapped into every detail of your gift is precious.

  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    They are very special memories. Thank you for reading my hub and posting this comment.

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    Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

    8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

    This is a great message my friend. Sweet memories splashed with truth. I love it. Thank you for sharing this. More power.

  • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately not everyone has the ability to understand and value what is really important. It is their loss not ours. They live in such an empty world.

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    Pollyannalana 

    8 years ago from US

    That was a wonderful gift and I too believe putting yourself into the gift should make it special to them and if it doesn't then all they deserve is a cheap gift. I only say this because I have gone to long lengths to please by personally creating the gift and not all appreciate who are more money minded and it hurts,but you can't force people to appreciate, so I am glad to hear you are as special as your grandmother.

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    Amber Allen 

    8 years ago

    Thank you Vampgyrl420. My memories are a very special thing. I can truly relate to your passionate quest for truth and knowledge:)

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    Windy Grace Mason 

    8 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

    Your fondness of your grandmother is beautiful thing :) I can relate.

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