Buying Small Gifts That Will Be Appreciated

June 11, 2012
What does your loved one need that you can easily and inexpensively pick up the next time you shop?

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A ”Fond Farewell” Article

When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags.

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Note: When this was written, the authors lived in a 200-year-old farmhouse in rural New York,  so for them shopping is not a simple matter. Yet even so, the idea of buying small things are are much needed, shows the value of paying attention to our partner’s needs.

Buying Small Gifts That Will Be Appreciated

BY JUDITH SHERVEN, PH.D., AND JAMES SNIECHOWSKI, PH.D.,
from The New Intimacy Newsletter

Sometimes it’s when we go shopping that we can express our care for the one we love — when we remember what he or she has been commenting on or muttering about.

Flower heartLast week Judith had to be in Albany for a medical appointment. Albany is close to an hour and a half from where we live, so we try to take full advantage of the “big city” offerings whenever we’re there. The health food and drug stores were part of the day’s adventure.

While picking up a new toilet brush, and other assorted stuff, Judith suddenly remembered that Jim had been asking if we had a fingernail brush. You see, it’s weed whacking time and Jim really gets into the yard clean-up in a big way–and it always leaves his fingernails a mess.

So for a mere $3.95 and the thought that counts, Judith brought home a very simple expression of “I love you.” And now, when Jim uses it, it’s not just a brush, it’s an everyday kind of Valentine.

What can you bring home from the store–without spending a bunch of money — that says “I love you!”?

© Copyright, May 17, 2002, Reprinted with permission

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

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