As this year comes to a close, it is so important to take time to extend love and appreciation to those who made this past year special. Deciding who to gift, what to gift, and how can be difficult to figure out. While everyone has a different perspective on gifting, there are a few overarching themes to keep in mind this holiday season to ensure that friends and family, both near and far feel appreciated.


A common stressor with holiday gifting is receiving a gift but not having one to give in return. While we often over analyze these situations, the reality is that it is likely that the giver expects nothing in return! If you have nothing tangible to extend, always give the gift of gratitude and appreciation in return. Moreover, you can always send a thank you note filled with thankfulness and kind words later on.


But what about the spending limit? Extending gifts with large price tags can be worrisome for the recipient. Although the amount of the gift isn’t the primary focus, it may raise concerns for others, especially if they give you a gift of lesser value. If the relationship allows, it may be appropriate to reassure them that you received a deal on their gift. Additionally, it is always a good idea to encourage them with the reality that it was a gift that made the giver think of the recipient and that the giver was happy to purchase for them.


One of the most important factors to consider in today’s age is accessibility. While you want to be able to hand out gifts to everyone on your list, it may be wiser to consider mailing them. Reach out to the recipient and let them know that you are having a gift delivered and that you would love to FaceTime or Zoom when they are opening it. This way you are making both safety and appreciation a top priority.


Overall, the unspoken key to successful gift giving is knowing the recipient. Be intentional when shopping and think about conversations you have had with the receiver. This intentionality will mean more to the friend or family member than the actual gift itself. Remember to prioritize the person over the possession they will receive.


As you join in the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, be mindful that the greatest gift you can offer is respect and kindness.


The National League of Junior Cotillions wishes you a holiday season filled with peace and blessings!