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The 5 Gifts He Actually Wants

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A Favor by Edmund LeightonSelf-sacrifice isn’t easy, especially because a giving attitude is only half the battle. It doesn’t matter how much we want to give if we can’t identify what to give and when to give it.

As part of my recovery from depression, Adam and I sat down and made of the sacrifices he would like me to make. (At my most depressed, I was making many unnecessary sacrifices for him because I thought my needs were unimportant.) We came up with a list of five real needs that I can meet by giving something up–whether it’s time, privacy, or control. That way a sacrifice is a selfless gesture oriented around his needs, instead of a self-centered gesture focused on my thoughts and feelings. Read the rest of this entry

How to Throw a “Window Shopping” Party, or, Give Gifts without Paying a Dime

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Many of us find some of our greatest pleasure in giving gifts to others—material treasures like books or jewelry, but also emotional must-have like friendship or a listening ear. But buying presents can cost a lot of money. And there are some emotional supports you just can give.

A “window shopping” party is a fun way to spend an evening with friends and express your generous desires without breaking the bank. With envelopes, a stack of recycled magazines, and scissors you can give your friends everything you’ve ever dreamed of giving them without paying a dime. Read the rest of this entry