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The Art of Giving when You Have Nothing (Or So You Think…)

By Dec 18, 2017 No Comments

Did the demands of student living in 2017 leave you with a less than impressive budget to work with when it comes to giving your loved ones the gifts that they deserve? If they did, you’re definitely not alone but you can still learn the art of giving.

Saving money while studying can often prove to be an impossible feat no matter how diligent you are about counting those pennies. Luckily, just because you think that you have nothing, doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to give.

It Really is the Thought that Counts

Yes, it’s a cliché. But it’s a cliché for a reason! Ultimately, the gifts that mean the most are the ones that come from the heart. Homemade gifts are not only affordable to create, but they’re often loads of fun, too! From a delicious home cooked meal or a batch of cookies to natural skin care products or a hand-knitted scarf, you’re sure to put a smile on the face of the recipient, no matter who they are!

Give of Your Time

Sometimes, simply making yourself available to your loved ones is enough! Giving of yourself and your time, whether it is as a shoulder to cry on or a just for a good laugh after a rough day, can be one of the most selfless gifts that you can possibly give. It also means a lot more than any expensive present ever could.

The Art of Giving is Keeping it Simple and Paying Attention

Believe it or not, often the most valuable and appreciated gifts are the simpler ones. If you’re stressing about giving a gift, relax. The best thing you can do is listen to your loved one. The chances are good that you’ll find out exactly what it is that they need pretty quickly. The even better news is that many times it’ll be something that won’t cost you a thing, like a hug or some meaningful advice.

Ultimately, while gift giving is always entertaining and rewarding, the easiest way in which to make your loved ones feel special is to simply be there for them as often as you can, and to be fully present whenever you are.

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