The holidays are a time when we want to acknowledge the people around us. We want to let family, friends, and coworkers know that we appreciate their presence in our lives. But sometimes it can be difficult to find the best way to express the way we feel, especially to an acquaintance or coworker we might not be particularly close to or who might not celebrate the holidays the same way that we do. And purchasing gifts for everyone you know can really add up.
Here is an idea for a gift that expresses the sentiments of the holidays in a simple and symbolic way. It can be given to friends of any or no faith belief, and can be adapted to items you have available. These are the materials I used, but you might have your own ideas: a candy cane, a candle (either a votive or small jar candle), a tree ornament shaped like a ribbon that cost $1 (you could even make one with actual ribbon), and some wrapped assorted candies. I put all the items into a small gift bag with a note that reads:
Gifts to You from the Heart
These gifts may be simple, but each one has its special meaning:
The candy cane, reminiscent of a staff, is to remind you to walk the path of peace.
The candle, with its warm embracing glow, is to remind you that love will light your way.
The ribbon, tied in a bow, is to remind you to always keep hope in your heart.
The candy, a delightful treat, is to remind you to taste the sweetness and joy life brings.
In the spirit of the holiday season, my wish for you is
You can include a small message, too, to personalize your note. If you would like, you can use the PDF I created. I’ve also included a Word Document version that can be edited to suit your needs.