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Gift-Giving Guide by Ruth Reid Gifts don’t have to come with a hefty price tag to leave a lasting impression—they just need to come from the heart. The first year my son, Danny, was tasked with buying Christmas gifts for the family, he finished his shopping in one day and proudly announced he had money left over. He informed me that he had only spent four dollars on my gift at a garage sale. And although he offered to tell me what the present was, I managed to convince him to let it be a surprise. When Danny handed me the gift on Christmas morning, he watched with such an infectious excitement, I knew I’d love whatever trinket he’d found. To my surprise, he’d found something that fit my personality exactly—a denim jacket that fit as if I had broken it in myself. Six years later, I still wear it, treasure it, and most importantly, I still recall how excited he was that he had picked out and purchased the gift himself. Any gift, no matter the cost, when given from the heart, will make a lasting impression. For more from Ruth Reid, check out An Amish Christmas Gift on mtlbookstore.com 36 MTL Magazine / www.mtlmagazine.com FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BUYING A GIFT 1. What does the recipient enjoy doing? Select a gift that corresponds with a person’s special interests. If you are unfamiliar with his hobbies, listen and observe what he talks about or does in his spare time. 2. Is this gift something he will use? Obviously, you would not want to give an ice scraper to someone living in Florida, but some subtleties are easier to overlook, such as giving complicated electronics to a senior citizen with poor eyesight. Gift cards have many benefits. They are easy to send in the mail, require less shopping time during the rushed season and the person can choose the gift for himself. 3. Why am I buying this gift? Avoid buying gifts you will later regret. The toddler drum set that sounds okay in the store might not sound so pleasing to the ear in your living room. 4. How much should I spend? As you fill out your shopping list this year, I hope you will consider adding inexpensive items to your search. Some examples are homemade gifts, garage sale finds, bakery treats, potted plants or coupon books with chores to redeem. (HINT: Parents, you can create a coupon book for your child that includes doing his chores for the day.)