Do you remember the old Sears and Roebuck catalog? I looked for it to come around every year. I would spend hours studying the colorful ads, imagining an assortment of gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. The slick pages fueled my dreams and filled my wishes.
Now that I am all grown up, I can save and purchase just about anything on my wish list. This makes gift buying a little difficult for my husband. He asks me what I want year after year. And each year I have a hard time thinking of anything I need.
When my friend, Lauren from For the Love of Dixie, invited me to link up a Gift Guide for Her this year, I decided to make a list of gifts for the heart. Hats and scarves are nice, but a gift that ministers to you is a special blessing.
Gifts for the Heart
The fist place to start is to consider what really puts a twinkle in her eye. What is that one thing that causes her speech pattern to speed up just a little bit? What does she use her free time to do? Then, consider what unspoken or unmet need she may have. When she has a quiet moment to dream, where do her thoughts go?
I compiled a list of a few gift ideas for the she’s in your life. They are geared to speak directly to her heart. Use this as a starting point for your girlfriends, mothers, and teachers. Or, forward it on to your husband with the little winking emoji. I bet he will get the hint and appreciate the help.
For the Organizer (or the Want-to-be-Organizer)
For the Writer
- Money and childcare for a writing conference like She Speaks or Allume. If money is tight, set aside a day for her to watch the keynote speakers from Allume 2015 online. Give her a new notebook, post-its, new pens, and the day to plan, dream, and be inspired.
- Books on writing such as The Chicago Manual of Style or Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin.
- Words Can Go leather journal with new pens, a writing day, and a Starbucks card.
For the Reader
- The Fringe Hours, Jessica Turner (Read about it here.)
- For the Love, Jen Hatmaker (Read about it here.)
- Wild in the Hollow, Amber Haines (Read my response here.)
- An Amazon Audible membership.
For the Extrovert
- A hotel room to enjoy with a few besties. Throw in a gift card to a favorite restaurant to make it an ultimate girls’ weekend.
- A new set of fun plates or a new serving piece. Include invitations for a dinner party.
- A Groovebook subscription. This is a great way to automatically print those photos from her phone.
- A special date night planned 100% by you. For ideas, read this.
For the Introvert
- Starbucks gift card and a date blocked off on the calendar for alone time.
- A hotel room to enjoy alone with a new book, lavender bubble bath, and no wake-up call.
- Subscription to a favorite magazine. Real Simple and Southern Living are $5/year at the time of this article. Check Amazon for a magazine to fit her favorite hobby.
- A journaling Bible with pens and pencils.
For the Giver
- A donation in her name to her favorite charity.
- A gift certificate for a pedicure. (This was a nearly unanimous suggestion from all of my friends. We like to have pretty feet!)
- A professional deep cleaning of the house.
- Something from the (in)Courage Better Together collection. Each piece reminds us of our greater purpose and helps support Village Artisan.
Hopefully, this list helps you to start thinking about heart-centered gifts. With a little extra thought about what inspires the women in your life, your gift will bless their hearts.
What would you add to this list? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
A big “thanks” to all of you who responded on Facebook! Your responses made this little assignment so much fun!
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