Grace-full Living Day 3– THOUGHTFUL


There’s always time for a bow!

I can’t help it, I love the animated movie Arthur Christmas and my favorite line in the movie is, “There’s always time for a bow!”

Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do.  That seems to surprise and confound some people (my Grandmother, one of the most generous spirits I know claimed not to have gotten the “gift giving gene”), but it brings me joy to give presents.  I try to be thoughtful and creative about gifts.  I try to be personal and unique.  Sometimes I hit a homerun and sometimes I strike-out in a big way… but it’s the thought that counts.  And part of the thought is the presentation… There’s always time for a bow! … or something special.

Flowers are fabulous!  Make them special by arranging them yourself (supermarkets have a great variety these days), adding wine, or adding bows!


We are doing a family vacation this summer and including a book club (along with competitive dock yoga, paddle-boarding, kayaking, croquet, and a splash ball tournament).  I purchased a couple extra copies of the book, put pretty ribbons on them and inscribed, “Family vacation 2017.   Lake Minnetonka. Sunset Point. July 2017” so wherever those books surface, they will provide memories.



Even little things are fun to dress up.  My son’s dear friend was recently drafted to the Nuggets.  I wanted to give his Mom a hard copy of lovely story about him written in the Denver Post, but I didn’t want to make a big deal of it so I put it in a simple Nordstrom’s bag and tied a little bow on it before dropping it at the desk of her hotel.

At holidays I can go a little crazy… I love wrapping paper, ribbons and paper gift bags (we have access to such great tissue paper these days!).  Re-usable gift bags (like Storybags) are great too.  It’s my friend, Paula who is the master and I’ll never catch up to her elegance and artistry (her tree and gifts represented below), but she provides inspiration.


When it comes to making a gift extra special, here are a few ideas…

  1. There’s always time for a bow!
  2. Include an inscription or a note whenever you can.
  3. Gifts for no reason are always delightful!
  4. Anonymous giving us great too!  Try putting  small vase of flowers on your neighbor’s front porch– (daffodils: $2, tiny vase: $1, happy neighbor: priceless!).

Happy giving!



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