What do the holidays mean to you? Is it a special family time or perhaps giving to others in need? We all know the power of a simple gift can brighten someone’s day.
The Power of a Simple Gift
Nothing sparks the excitement of the holidays than seeing a simple smile. Especially if it’s from someone who is in need of one. This year, my son and I will take cookies to a local nursing home during the holidays. I know there are a few people who live there that don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with. So this will be special for them.
Last year, we took blankets to the same nursing home, and I can remember the smiles on their faces when we walked through the front door. All they saw were me and my son each carrying a box. They saw nothing in the boxes, just us walking in. I handed the box to the front desk person and told her what it was and then we left. I can just imagine how happy a few were when they were presented with a blanket.
When thinking about what we could do for them this year, I came up with a box of cookies – something simple, yet meaningful. However, we couldn’t just take a box of cookies to them, we wanted to make it a little more special, so we made a holiday gift box to put cookies inside. Here’s how we did it.
DIY Holiday Gift-giving Box
First, we gathered our supplies:
- paper to cover box
- glue scissors, tape, etc.
Second – decorating the cover. My son decided he wanted to make a turkey from his handprint. He was so excited about that part, and I thought it was a brilliant idea. The power of a simple gift is something this kid thinks about often.
Third, we covered the box with the paper and Brody added some Thanksgiving stickers that I had from last year. Pretty simple.
Last, I put wax paper inside, then added a small amount of shred and made dividers from white cardboard. Brody and I made some cookies and also bought some at the store. Giving doesn’t have to cost a lot to make it special.
From choosing an angel from the angel tree to helping with snack packs at school, to making cookies for the local nursing home, gift-giving has become a part of our lives.
Brody and I will be delivering this box of cookies to the nursing home before Thanksgiving.
The power of a simple gift lies within all of us. It could be as simple as a box of store-bought cookies or a blanket or even a pair of socks. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to make someone smile!
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