Imagine this. You wake up in the morning, you check your calendar, and you realize that your sister’s birthday is coming up.
No problem, you still have a week left, right?
A couple of days later maybe you write in your calendar “get gift for Renee” or send card to “Lesley.” And then you go about your day.
You do extra laundry that day because one of the kids wet the bed. The kids finished the eggs you were relying on to make a breakfast for dinner, so you run to the store, only to come home and find out that bread you were going to use is covered with mold. No gift purchased that day.
The day before you know that it’s real-deal time to get something for your sister. You start a new day, things get a little hectic, and before you know it, it’s 11:30 the night before your sister’s birthday and you end up sending an Amazon gift card.
It’s nice and definitely useful.
Is it really what you want to give? Does it really make a statement about how much you appreciate your sister being such an important part of your life?
(I know, it sounds as though I am totally dissing Amazon gift cards. I’m not opposed to them AT ALL, and I love receiving them, but I will say that each time I give one, I feel a little guilty. Like I could have done a better job.)
How do I combat this?
I give journals.
And here’s why.
I love giving (and receiving) journals for any occasion. But there’s something special about giving a journal for a birthday.
Your birthday is your own private New Year celebration. It’s a time where we might set new goals or embrace a life change. Maybe this year you know someone who’s starting a new decade.
A journal is a beautiful gift to remind someone you care about that the life they live is worth recording. You are saying that you believe in them and their ability to create a kick-ass life story.
And who knows. Maybe you’ll save yourself the trouble of trying to find “the perfect gift.” Everyone can use socks and underwear. I would also argue that everyone can use a journal (and a fantastic pen).