Many years ago our family started a new tradition of giving memories as gifts and we have continued that tradition into the next generation. Spending quality time with each other is of course the best gift you can give someone you love. Not only spending time together but enjoying the simple things like nature walks, beach days, picnics in the park, anything where you can just be together.
These days with so many families making every dollar count it may be a great time to start a new tradition of giving memories in your own family and with your own friends. While there are great sentiments in wrapping a shiny new gift and putting it under the tree, there are just as many if not more sentiments spending the day at the aquarium with your niece or grandmother.
Gifts of time and memories are the best gifts and I doubt anyone would much disagree (although I hear that diamonds are a girl’s best friend). This year with so many challenges behind us and so many unknowns ahead of us, we never know what the future holds, who will be with us, and for how long. Time is the greatest gift we not only can give those we truly love, but also the most valuable gift we can give ourselves. How do you give memories as gifts? Well, it is quite easy as all you need is a piece of stationary or a nice card to write in your gift.
Whether a day at a museum, a Broadway or off-broadway play, a trip to go see the Christmas tree in NYC, or even just a gift of a walk by the seashore, just write the gift with why you chose that particular memory and how you see the memory taking place. You may be surprised how your grandmother’s face lights up with love or even your own child.
Time is the only thing we can only spend once. Once it is gone, it is gone forever and you can never get that time back no matter how much money or power you have. Just set it aside and make sure to make that time with your loved ones your number one priority. Once you spend it together you and your loved one(s) will have it forever and all you will need to do is look within your heart and you can share the memory over and over. Love and memories are timeless, so much better than a scarf or pair of mittens.
However like most families and friends a token gift or a real statement, gifts are a way of showing our admiration and love for those we truly care about. In Model Citizens Annual Holiday Gift guide I know we are sharing some amazing idea. Live in Gratitude. Pay it Forward. Cherish your Chapters of Love.