It’s a given that generally speaking, people love receiving gifts. My favourite, are those gifts that keep on giving. It could be the gift of an experience that gives joy when opened and then creates memories, or an item that can be enjoyed more than once. Often, gifts can be passed on offering value to each new owner like a good book with well worn pages.
Some people love giving gifts as much as they enjoy receiving them. I happen to be one of those people. I love surprising people with treats and with experiences. Let me tell you about the gift I gave that kept on giving; the adventure voucher.
The adventure voucher was a gift that I gave last Christmas. Struggling with inspiration and restricted purse strings, I was looking to give a meaningful and inexpensive present, and I stumbled upon this idea online.
I simply created a certificate offering a whole year of adventure. Each month, I delivered an envelope describing the escapade that would unfold next. The event itself would involve no effort on the part of the recipient.
This allowed me to create adventures of all sorts from a daring escapade to a simple micro adventure bringing joy to an ordinary day. A train trip to a new location, a road trip, trying something new, a month dedicated to sleeping under the stars, a beach fire, a day of fishing in the North Sea and a bike trip to Holland were just some of the ideas that became a reality.
The added bonus was that I got to participate in these adventures too. A great example of a win-win. I have taken this idea on board as a way of life and it has created a sustainable way to keep micro-adventuring alive in my busy life.
Stories of more altruistic gifts are widely demonstrated. The gift left on the doorstep of a friend or neighbour in need of a pick me up is a lovely example. This would extent a gesture of friendship as well as a token parcel.
The ‘pay it forward’ gift is another example. Others include strangers paying for an item, and in return asking that the recipient pay it forward to another unsuspecting stranger.
With gifts like this in mind, imagine the small ripple effect that you could create by giving a gift – one small moment of kindness that could build into a wave or a tsunami of good will and kindness. Call it delusional optimism… but I believe that we can all make a difference in one way or another!
So, this brings me back to you. What sort of gifts to you enjoy giving and receiving? Perhaps like me you love homemade gifts, or surprises wrapped in tissue that can be opened with anticipation. Maybe you enjoy the decadence of an extravagant gift.
What might be the benefits to you of setting the intention to give more, or to gift someone an experience that could be shared together? Go forth giving generously knowing that by sharing a gift you might give more than you realise.
A final word on gifts; if you enjoy giving gifts then remember that learning to receive gifts gracefully is as important, knowing that it means that you are loved and appreciated.
My best hopes are that reading this will remind you that gift don’t have to be expensive purchases to be of value and to highlight the impact you can make through offering your time, effort, your resources and your generosity. Finally remember that gifts can be creative, adventurous and fun.
#100% Pure Polly – Living Life’s Adventure…
I plan to dedicate my next blog to living your legacy ~ reconnecting you with your purpose and your mission!
In the meantime I wish you all a happy and energetic week. Want to know more about how to live your life’s adventure?