The thought that counts!

Thursday Dec 01st, 2016


The Thought that Counts

With the holiday season ahead, our “to do” list definitely grows. It’s wonderful to want to acknowledge all the people in our life whom we’re grateful for. Maybe it is our children’s teachers or the crossing guard who is there rain and snow with a smile, or our neighbour who snow ploughs our driveway from the good of his heart, or your staff who have worked so hard this year. We want to show them that we appreciate them. However, most of us do have to have a budget in mind and to go overboard can come home to haunt us when January bills come in. The truth is you don’t have to be extravagant to convey the message that you’re thinking of someone. In fact, sometimes that can make the recipient uncomfortable and feel that they too need to give something in return.


A lovely handwritten note with some baked goods, a couple chocolates from your favourite specialty chocolate store, some of your favourite tea or hot cocoa mix or a soap that you love can make the recipient feel spoiled and truly thought of. I once received some gourmet marshmallows which were delicious and such a unique item to receive, I loved it! Package a variety of these or items that you love and have them handy for that person you may have forgotten and for hostess gifts over the season.


The packaging can be the pièce de résistance. The dollar store is a great source for little boxes with holiday designs and colours that can fit some baked goods or other items. You could make labels on your computer and write your note in a gold pen. These little details say you care without breaking the bank. These hand-picked little treasures are a nice way to reach the many people that you want to in a meaningful way. In the midst of all the big ticket items that people wish for and receive, it’s sometimes the little things that stand out; the thought truly does count.

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