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Gift Creatively.

I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to look up generosity when I wrote my first post this month, but as I was thinking back over my month of being generous, I felt compelled to. After reading about the word on wikipedia, I’m not sure why I was thinking I would need money to be generous in the first place.

Generosity is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait.

I do think it was the belief that I needed money to be generous that allowed me to truly not expect anything in return. Because everything that I was giving was homemade and not worth much, I did not expect anyone to get me anything in return. The bad thing is, I’m not sure if I could say that if I had spent a lot of money on Christmas. I would hope it would be true but I’m not sure.

surprise balls

Instead of getting an expensive family portrait, we used a picture from a Christmas party and photoshopped all of our furbabies into the picture. In turned out to be much better than anything a pro could have done and was much more representative of our family that a staged portrait would have been. Watching the expression on everyone’s face as they opened the pictures was priceless.

For all of the nieces and nephews, (we have 13!), we made surprise balls. I found the tutorial on Honestly WTF and they were a huge hit. I definitely recommend trying it the next time you need to give a gift. I think I’m going to keep doing it for my nieces and nephews even as they get older. By the time they get unwrapped you have a party.
unwrapped surprise balls
It felt good to be able to give something to everyone but also to be free of the guilt of overspending. My resolutions for the month weren’t just about giving gifts creatively. I had two others, to listen and think generously. I am happy to say that I the meanie inside of me was definitely around less and that made a noticeable difference in my happiness to be free of the negativity.

So yes, I would say, a generous spirit will make you happier, what do you say?

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  • Erin December 28, 2012, 1:49 PM

    I love your creative gifts! That portrait with your furbabies is adorbs – and an awesome use of photoshop :) Those surprise balls are genius, I’m definitely doing that for my nieces & nephews next year… not gonna lie, I kind of want one too.
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  • Charlotte January 4, 2013, 6:53 PM

    I love this. I think what often takes away from the spirit of giving from the holidays is that you have to go tit for tat, ie, if someone spends X amount on gift A, then you are required to spend X amount on gift B for said person. I dunno; gifts should be a lot more thoughtful than that. And the fact that you took the time out to make these balls and the wonderful fur baby portraits…. I think that goes above and beyond anything you can buy in a store, personally :)
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