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Father’s Day is just around the corner, so if you haven’t already picked out a gift for you dad, it’s time to get cracking! You all know how close I am with my father, so I wouldn’t dream of letting the day go by without a special acknowledgement of how much I adore him and how much I appreciate all that he’s done for me over the years. Here are a few suggestions for ways to show your dad, step-dad, grandfather, uncle, or whomever it is that fulfills that role in your life just how glad you are to have them around.
It’s always a good time to be grateful for your life and thankful to those who have made it possible. So whether it’s soon to be belated or just getting an early jump on next year, here’s a few ideas for your next Mother’s Day present. However you celebrate, and no matter who you celebrate with, here’s wishing you a happy Mother’s Day from everyone here at Emma Approved.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make the loved one in your life feel truly special. It all comes down to listening.
Listening is the key to finding the right gift for someone and to figuring out the perfect way to celebrate together. People operate on different “relational currencies,” which are the ways we show we care about one another. Not everyone comes from the same background, and we’ve all grown up with different ideas about gift giving. Tapping into your partner’s specific wavelength is the secret weapon to Valentine’s Day success!
Some people are raised in families where the emphasis is on buying expensive gifts. Others place the focus on hand-crafted projects that are low in cost but require a heavy degree of planning. In some families, creating an experience is what is expected, while others have grown up with the idea that doing something for your loved one is the best way to show how much you care.
Trouble arises when relational currencies are not aligned. For example, your boyfriend thinks he’s giving you a fantastic gift when he buys you an expensive gold bracelet, but you think it’s impersonal and would have preferred a handwritten journal filled with memories of your dating history. Or you plan a fantastic night out on the town with your sweetheart, but he is disappointed because he would have preferred a gourmet, home-cooked meal paired with an intimate night in. Clearly, you’ve each tried to show the other how much you care. But in this case, that’s not enough.
How can you get on the same wavelength? Listen. Reflect back on stories your partner has told you about his or her family’s traditions. Think about how you’ve spent previous holidays together and the types of gifts you’ve received from your partner on other occasions. And then get creative about tailoring a gift to your loved one’s liking, rather than getting him or her something you’d like to receive. Thinking about things this way can take some practice – you may not get it right the first time. But keep on trying, and you’re bound to find the perfect way to show someone you care!
Here are a few gift ideas matched to different relational currencies.
Holiday dinner invitations have been confirmed, outfits have been chosen. The closet is stocked with beautiful wrapping paper, and all your cards have been addressed and sent. Yet you’re still having a tough time coming up with a present for the special someone in your life. When in doubt, turn inwards! There’s nothing like a personal gift that comes from the heart to let someone know how much you care. Luckily, you’ve still got a few days to whip something up.
The holidays are a time when you can take your passion and determination to upgrade your own life, and spread it to everyone else you care about. Finding just the right gift not only lets someone know how important they are to you, but provides an opportunity to add some style and boldness to their lives. Plus, it’s one of the few times a year when we get to shop to our heart’s content with the excuse that everything we buy is intended to bring a smile to the people we love. Here are some suggestions for every type of person on your holiday list.
There is nothing more exciting than two people finding their perfect match and vowing to be together forever. Especially when they’re two people you know, respect, and care about. A real life love story happening right before your eyes! You can’t help but be excited to celebrate them, and the first chance you get is with your wedding gift. You could always use the registry, but sometimes that seems a little impersonal. Towels might be practical, but they are hardly romantic. Maybe you want to add a personal gift as well – a little something extra on the side. Do they enjoy cooking together? Are they wine connoisseurs or book lovers? Do they already have everything you could think of? It can be difficult finding a unique wedding gift, so here are a few ideas on how you can help celebrate their special day. Continue reading →