One of my greatest love languages is gifts, and one of my favourite things and something I would claim I am good at is envisioning and pulling together a unique and meaningful gift for people in my life.
Giving cash or a gift card is the last thing I want to give to those around me, and while I understand for some this is practical and relevant I struggle to give that as a gift, so if I was to give cash or a gift card I have to make it special and unique also.
I’ve given gift cards for various stores to close friends on their engagement which doubled as a wedding gift as I would be away, I placed each gift card in the photo slot of a large photo frame, the middle photo space said “in case of an emergency break glass” and with each gift card a note like “for date night” “ for that diy project” and more.
I take pride and enjoyment in envisioning and bringing to life a special gift for someone in my life, whether it’s a handmade skirt, a box of sunshine, a personalised mug or a bright cake. Creativity truly does fuel my love languages, and not just gifts, but words of affirmation. I love receiving gifts; who doesn’t?!
But I also find it awkward, but something I love is reading the words those in my life have written for me, words of affirmation is also a love language of mine and so a card from the heart will impact me just as much as a well thought out gift, so with each of these gifts I try to give with a creative heart I offer words of affirmation from my grateful heart for the special persons presence in my life.
The smallest things, and the thoughtfulness in a gift or words can be such a powerful thing in someone’s life and day.
I am a Young Salvationist who lives in Upper Hutt, Wellington. I am passionate about enhancing the life experiences of others and do this in my paid employment as a Support worker for those with Intellectual Disabilities and as a volunteer leader for GirlGuiding New Zealand. I love to create, write and travel the world and have a passion for submerging myself in the cultures of each place I travel. I left my heart in Africa a month before Covid sent the world into lockdown and I cannot wait to be able to return and serve in a continent that stole so much of my heart.