By Melissa Reizer
Guest Writer for NoFakeNews.net
According to the merchants of the world, nothing says I love you more than a thoughtful gift! While some of us might believe that the best way to show our affection and love for others is through the spending of money on material items, I tend to disagree. It has been pounded into our heads by Madison Avenue that the more we spend on gifts, the more love we are expressing to a loved one.
A lot of people this holiday season were busy as usual trying to buy lots of gifts. And then there were some of us that became so stressed out with the acts of buying material items for others that we decided to opt out of the process by purchasing gift certificates in lieu of actual gifts.
When you ask most people why they buy gift certificates instead of specific gifts, they often reply, “It’s just easier and I don’t know what to get people that already have everything.”
I like the idea of buying gift certificates for friends and family members, because I enjoy going with them, after the holidays, to find out what gift they will choose. I believe that a gift certificate today represents a wonderful day in the future filled with shopping and bonding! In reality, it represents a chance to spend time with someone that I care about.
After all these years I have finally come to the realization that the most important gift I can give to a loved one this holiday season is my time, not a material product. The problem with our modern lives is that everybody is always so busy that we don’t have the chance to spend enough time with one another.
Offering our time to loved ones is the most precious gift possible. Time spent getting to know someone’s particular taste in clothes, music, or art is absolutely priceless.
Time is what builds memories! Time will move on with or without you! Remember to use your time wisely because you only get one shot at this! This particular Christmas season will come once in your lifetime! When it is over, you will remember the time spent with family and loved ones, not the material gifts you may or may not receive.