The “Just Because” gift. I love giving these kind of gift to someone else. Maybe I see something in the store I know they will like or that reminds me of that person. Or maybe I know the person needs some help with something so I try to either help them or find something I can give them that might help. When I hear, “Thank you, but you didn’t have to.” I just reply, “No I didn’t but I wanted to.” Isn’t that what giving is supposed to be about.
How many times out there today that someone gives a gift to someone else and they have ulterior motives to where they either want a gift in return they just want a gift of some kind. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. We should want to give someone else something without expecting something in return.
There have been a couple of times that come to mind that I did just this. One is when my sister-in-law, my hubby’s sister, Amanda, was getting married. Her and her fiancé had been together since her freshman year in high school and his first year of college. They stayed together all through Amanda graduating from college.
One day I was walking through Target and I saw on the end of an aisle all this wedding/bridal type stuff. The one thing that stuck out to me was this little mini photo album set. It came in a little wedding white box which held four different photo albums. On the outside binding each one said something different: Bridal Shower, Wedding, Reception, Honeymoon. I wanted to give it as a bridal shower gift but I just couldn’t wait, so I ended up giving it to her right away. She loved it. She got married in 2005 and still have the photo album set out in her living room. It was the perfect gift that she really enjoyed.
Another time was more recent. I have a writer friend who is new like me to fiction writing. We both have lots to learn and reading books on the craft of writing fiction is almost a must for us if we want to improve. I saw a book on Amazon and read what it was about and knew I had to get it for myself. But then I immediately thought of my friend. I knew how much it would help her so I bought it and sent it to her via email (it was an ebook). She was so appreciative. To know I could make someone else happy is what makes me happy.
So, I challenge you. Find that “Just Because” gift for someone you know and give it to them. Let me know what happened. I’d love to hear your story.