Have you ever received a gift you looked forward to year after year?
Even though it was the same every time, you just couldn’t wait for it.
My Great Aunt used to send me a birthday card every year with three crisp one dollar bills inside and a handwritten note. Knowing that she remembered me and went to the bank to get fresh one dollar bills, made me feel known and loved. Her small, but immensely thoughtful gift was the most memorable and anticipated gift I received every year of my life until she passed away.
Today I have a book recommendation for you. Every idea in this book will make you a memorable gift giver. Where your gifts, even the smallest ones that cost little and take almost no time to put together, will be anticipated by your friends and family.
Look at your gift list right now?
Who have you not found a gift for yet?
Do you know what you plan to get them?
If you’re stumped this late into the holiday season, more shopping or more browsing isn’t likely to help. You’ll just end up settling for something and hoping they don’t notice that it’s the tenth year in a row that you got them a gift card.
When they open your gift you won’t be sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see pure delight wash over their face. I know that’s not what you want. Part of the joy in gift giving is to see the eyes of your recipient light up.
But when your busy and your list to buy for gets bigger every year, I know it can be hard to come up with dazzling, memorable gift ideas.
The good thing is you don’t have to. I want to share with you a creativity jumpstart that will make you a great gift giver…even if your budget is tight and you have no time.
My friend Lauren has spent her whole life dreaming up the best gifts. She is so good at it. Her beautiful philosophy is to make sure every time she gives a gift the recipient feels known and loved…and she always succeeds.
We aren’t all like Lauren—a fountain of beautiful, creative ideas—so thankfully for the rest of us, she wrote a book with all her best thoughtful gift giving ideas…
Thinking Outside the Gift Box* is filled with inspiring ideas for even those hard to shop for people on your list. And it isn’t just for holiday giving, it’ll help you come up with the perfect gifts year round. Plus, you can have it in your hands today! (Even if you order her gorgeous paperback edition, you’ll still get the digital PDF to start reading right now.)
I feel super honored to have been part of Lauren’s journey to write her first book, Thinking Outside the Gift Box*. I was one of her beta readers and now I’m proud to be an affiliate. I instantly knew she would be so successful with this book…because she left her heart on every page.
Writing any book is a very vulnerable and scary process, but Lauren poured her soul into every gift idea. Often sharing the personal stories from her past of gifts she’s received or given that shaped each idea.
Thinking Outside the Gift Box* is a heart-warming read and will make you the memorable gift giver you want to be. Just ask my kids about the Road Trip Mystery Survival Kit inspired by the book—they instantly demanded it become a new family tradition…and it made me feel like a great mom (which as any mom knows is a rare gift on most days).
The ideas in Thinking Outside the Gift Box* are at once genius and profoundly simple. They make being a thoughtful gift giver easy so you can be certain your gift will be cherished and remembered. Even if you have no time to spare. Most of the projects in the book take less than 20-30 minutes and Lauren loads up her readers with beautiful done-for-you printable resources, including gift tags, printable cards, and even complete printable gifts.
I want to quickly point out four amazing features of the new edition of Thinking Outside the Gift Box* that make me love it even more this year…
- The new full color paperback edition blew my mind. It’s seems like such a minor thing, but color throughout the book is such a delight.
- If you have kids that want to help with gifts, look for the smiley face icons that indicate fun gifts to make with your kids. You’ll also notice they are great gift ideas for your kids too.
- The whole printable resource library is amazing, but the printable quotes (available as art prints or greeting cards) are my favorite.
- With 75 gift ideas to get you started, you can easily come up with 750+ gift ideas even if you’re not creative. You won’t be able to help thinking of spin off ideas, since Lauren gives multiple spins offs of each main idea to inspire you. Also, the gift mashup possibilities are endless…mix two or more gift ideas together for an even more amazing gift.
And if you want to give great gifts, while getting a gift for yourself, I highly recommend the premium package (pictured above) which includes a signed paperback, the PDF version, bonus video interviews, and cute bonus gift giving supplies from Lauren.
P.S. If you’re worried you’re too busy to read a book for gift ideas, then consider giving Thinking Outside the Gift Box* as a gift. The paperback makes the perfect gift for any woman or hostess on your list, even your mom. Pro tip: Quickly flip through the book to find a gift that reminds you of the person you’re giving it to. On the inside cover write, “Gift idea #X reminds me of you.” and sign your name. Bonus points if you give them that gift with the copy of the book.
*Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Thinking Outside the Gift Box and this post contains affiliate links. If you purchase Lauren’s book after following a link in this post, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. I only share and recommend products I’ve used myself and love.
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