There is a joy in giving gifts to others.

A thoughtful gift to a friend or family member is much more meaningful than something generic. Gift cards are nice, but putting real thought into a gift creates sentimental value.

Discuss: Each person should take a turn and give an imaginary gift to everyone else at the table. It can be anything you wish you could give that person that you think would be meaningful.

Discuss: What would you give everyone if you could only spend ten dollars on each person?

Discuss: What would you give everyone if you could only give them something that doesn’t cost any money at all?

Discuss: Of the three gifts you have imagined, can you guess which one they would prefer?

Discuss: What would be a good gift for someone you don’t know at all?

Discuss: If you could give a gift to someone you don’t know personally, who would you choose to give it to?

Discuss: What is the best gift you have ever received? Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?

Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

Mother Teresa said, “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.”

About the author : Oak Norton

Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.

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