Gift giving is something that can be a challenge for me at the current stage of life (ie, busy w/o much time to shop and not lots of money to spend.) I’m sure many of you can understand! I find myself wanting my gifts to be thoughtful and meaningful and yet also practical. This is a challenge at any time and can be especially hard with family that is out of town (this would be ALL of our family) and we struggle to come up with a balance of what to do. I don’t enjoy giving a gift just for the sake of doing so, but want to be able to communicate our love for our family with the card or gift that we might send.
The biggest thing that we are consistent with right now is at least TALKING with our family on the phone on their birthday (or when the family celebration is happening.) I want to make a special point to connect with them on their birthdays! I enjoy telling our parents and siblings that we do care for them and are thinking about them as they celebrate. We also enjoy sending photo gifts. As Andie mentioned, this is a wonderful thing for the grandparents that is personal, practical and usually affordable while still priceless! It’s perfect for the family that we only get to see once or twice a year. (And still appreciated by those that we see more often!)