I am firm believer that children, and people in general, remember what you DO much more than what you give. Because of this philosophy, I receive many requests to create gift baskets filled with items that help us make memories with family and/or friends. If you would also like to make one of these, here’s how I build one:
I use my book (Creative Family Traditions and Ideas) as the foundation for each basket because it has ideas useful in many different types of relationships, including simple friendships. Next, I search out other manufacturers who also sell products encouraging us to focus on the “M” word…. MEMORIES… not money and include those, thereby supporting my book as well as the products of other deserving companies. Finally, rather than place the items in a typical basket, I search for “useful” containers. Before you know it, I have a gift filled with fun and useful items for creating memories or at the very least – items that make life easier for the recipient.
On an even HAPPIER note ~ When I wrote my book, I discovered that raising 4 children on an extremely tight budget provided me with a true “gift”. Necessity being the mother of invention, my circumstances helped me become creative – teaching me how to spend “time” (on my children). I developed clever traditions, ideas and problem solvers as well as ways to reinvent new uses for everyday items. All of my efforts made them feel loved and special. And now that they are amazing & creative adults themselves, I realize that they benefited tremendously from my situation! Coming to that conclusion makes me even happier because I realize that today’s tough economic hardships may actually have a silver lining… it gives me hope for the future adults of today’s struggling parents. I applaud the parents who roll with the punches and dig deep to find their own FREE creativity to “spend” on their children. I wish I could give every one of them a HUGE HUG and tell them to hang in there. I want them to know that the end result can be positive and wonderful!
[check out BABY’S 1st GIFT post as well as the 2 baskets (below) that I created for a fund-raiser, this week]
Enjoy the Creativity!