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‘Tis the Season. When giving a gift, does the “thought” really count?

It  is the season.  Some of us go to Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, or Ross to shop.  Others go to  Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Saks Fifth, Lord and Taylor.  Whatever your choice is:  it is a time for giving.

Luxury or not, it really isn’t the gift but the thought that counts. Right?

I never really understood whenever someone says, “It’s the thought that counts.”  Is it because I thought of giving you something, regardless of whether you like it or not means that the “thought” mattered?  To give someone something just so they know that you thought of them should be enough, shouldn’t it?

I remember someone saying that giving a picture frame as a gift is a good thing.  But the thought really isn’t there.  It’s just a “thing”. Just because you gave the gift, it didn’t give the “thought” a deeper meaning.   If you give a picture frame “with a special photo of the person or the person’s loved one you are giving it to”, then, that would count as the “thought”.  Because it makes the photo frame special.  You were thinking  of the feeling the person receiving the gift when they unwrap it.   You wanted the person to see that joy, that special glow in their eyes, that special something that happens when one discovers the thought that went into the gift.

I see many shopping bags being carried out from malls and shopping centers this time of year.  One person I know had this photo sent to me:

I would be happy to receive them as gifts.  I would be super happy to get these as gifts.  Wouldn’t you?  I’m sure that receiving an expensive gift like these from someone means that they wanted you to feel special.  They want to see that special look on your face when you open the gift (or see the bag in this case!).

However you want to interpret “thought”, I believe that it does count.  And whenever you are buying that gift – - just think of how you want the “thought”  to be taken by the one receiving the gift.

Happy holidays everyone!

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