Last week I continued the series I’ll Be Homemade for Christmas with several tasty tips about making food gifts. Today we’re going to head in a slightly abstract direction and focus on gifts we can make using our words. What do I mean by this? Well, sometimes we have something we’d like to say. Sometimes we have something we should say. And sometimes we have something we just can’t quite bring ourselves to say out loud, but we still want to get our point across somehow.
Enter the beauty of words. Words are less scary. Words allow us to be transparent. Words allow us to be eloquent. Words last forever. Christmas is an excellent time to be encouraging, open, and honest with someone we care about. So let’s start brainstorming great gift ideas that use our words!
Brainstorming ideas about ways to use our words
You don’t need to be a professional writer or a learned poet to be able to express yourself using words. Just be yourself and be honest. Here are a few ways you might want to use your words this Christmas:
- Tell a person you love them
- Ask your special someone to marry you
- Thank someone for who they are
- Encourage someone who is sad
- Encourage someone who is sick or fighting disease
- Thank a military officer for their service
- Thank your parents for doing a great job
- Tell a story about a memorable event
- Make someone laugh
Brainstorming ideas about how to make our words into gifts
- Write a letter
- Make a scrapbook
- Write captions for memorable photographs
- Design a t-shirt
- Send a homemade card
- Create a PowerPoint presentation
- Write a poem
An example of a homemade gift using words
As I said above, you don’t need to be an expert writer to write what you want to say! All that matters is what you say and the fact that you took the effort to say it at all. That being said, we of course can still try to be creative! For this week’s homemade gift example, I’d like to share two poems (so to speak) I wrote for different people several years ago. I’m not a poet, so that should encourage you! I just felt moved to say certain things, so the words seemed to flow. If you have important things to say of your own, just grab a pen and a piece of paper and see what happens. Now, onto my poems.
My first poem I wrote over a decade ago for my Grandmother who, at the time, had recently suffered from a heart attack. I am happy to report that she is still alive today, but it was a real scare at the time. I was devastated because I really loved my Grandma and didn’t want her to die. The reason I decided to write a poem was because I really wanted to tell my Grandma how much I loved her. I’m not going to share the entire poem because it’s kind of long, but here is just an excerpt from the very end to give you a general idea:
Walking in a plain room eager to calm your fears
You see your grandma, all smiles, and try to hold back your tears.
Running to embrace her, she tells you she’s fine
“That’s what you always say,” you draw the line.
Soon, it seems like only yesterday
Your grandma was up and about even though here she lay.
The attack was minor they tell you, and you know she’ll be here to stay
At least you can love your grandma for one more day.
The second poem I’d like to share is related because I wrote it for my Grandpa four years after I gave the above poem to my Grandma. My Grandma suffered yet another heart attack and this time it was more serious. She had to have bypass surgery and my Grandpa was a real trooper during her trials and long road to recovery. I wanted to thank him and encourage him, so I chose to write another poem:
Sometimes life serves us with trials and tribulations
Someone we love is pulled away, the future uncertain
Life becomes difficult, painful, broken
Times like these require
determination, courage, sacrifice, support
Grandpa, you were there every step of the way
Thank you for having determination
Thank you for displaying courage
Thank you for making sacrifices
Thank you for providing support
And most of all, thank you for loving…
I love you
Both poems I typed up and framed as a nice way to present them to my grandparents. Don’t be afraid to great creative when it comes to presentation! Consider also using photos to complement your words.
Now I feel a little transparent sharing these poems today, but my hope is that you can be inspired to say the things you’d like to say to the people you love and care for. Take it from me, you never know if you will have another chance!
Have you ever made homemade gifts using your words? Feel free to share any ideas here.
Coming up next week
Next week will feature the final installment of I’ll Be Homemade for Christmas and we’ll get ideas for gifts using our services!