“The Un-Gift Guide”

Posted on Dec 15 2015 - 4:35pm by Hannah H.



It is my desire that the Un-Gift guide will inspire you to give from the heart.

During the fall/winter season, you can find a million and one gift guides for just about every person on your shopping list.  Seeing so many, it got me to thinking about the gifts that have meant the most to me over the years.  When I first got married I remember getting up in the morning on a random day and finding a letter taped to the bathroom mirror.  My husband had taken the time to write out how he felt about me and put it in a place where he knew I’d see it.  People call those type of gifts the “little things”, but I’ve realized that the “little things” aren’t so little after all.  In fact, the “little things” make the biggest impressions.  I actually have a shoebox full of little notes, letters and cards that my husband has given me over the years.


The idea to create this type of guide, was inspired after a lady paid for my families meals at IHOP the other day.  She didn’t even tell us she was going to do it.  She had spoken to our children and we made small talk briefly, but she had already left when we finished.  When we asked for our bill, the waitress informed us that the lady had already paid for our meal.  My heart was so filled with joy!  I know we’ll all remember that for years to come.

“The Un-gift Guide”, is a guide to the gifts that aren’t necessarily purchased.  These “un-gifts” have the potential to leave a great impact on the receiver as well as the giver. I call it the Un-gift Guide, because saying gift guide makes me immediately think of buying something.  This guide is for those looking to leave a lasting impression on someone without breaking the bank.  Giving lifts the spirit, even when you give to someone you don’t know.  So here are some ideas that will hopefully spark your creativity and give you some ideas for giving from the heart.


If your handwriting isn’t all that hot, consider using a script font on your computer or check out CreativeMarket.com, they have beautiful fonts and stationary art for sale at very reasonable prices.  They also have graphics and photos that would look great on greeting cards.

Try PicMonkey to make a great collage of pictures.  They have great editing software for free, and if your feeling froggy you can purchase their royal package for extra features.

For planning that perfect vacation, be sure to check out Trip Advisor.  They have tons of reviews from real people.  They cover hotels, restaurants, things to do, etc.  I’ve used Trip Advisor for planning most of our family trips over the past few years. I like to leave reviews myself.  If you like to let people know when you’ve found a great place, create an account and start leaving reviews.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Do you have any “un-gifts” you’d like to add?  I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment below.  Share this guide with your friends and family using the share buttons below.  As always, thanks for reading!



4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Prudence Glover December 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    The un-gift guide is so beautiful especially at a time of the year when a lot of people lose the true meaning of giving a gift.

    I’ve found that the biggest or most expensive gifts often go unused or even unwanted once the initial joy from receiving it wanes, but gifts of appreciate and love renew your relationships and your sense of purpose.

    The best gifts I’ve gotten were all different expressions of time, attention, and affection and the biggest cost of all of them was love ?

    • Hannah H. December 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Hey Prudence, you are so right and so articulate! I love the way you phrased that,”…and the biggest cost of them all was love.” Thank you for sharing.

  2. Cicely Carr December 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    You do not know how excited I am to see this pop up in my email 🙂

    Yes I love this. I am all for creating lasting impressions on people. Quality over quantity.

    That lady is so sweet! That is so awesome.

    Really great ideas… that handwritten letter is good!

    Something that I have always wanted to do is have two dozen roses and hand one rose to people as I pass by them.

    🙂 Thank you for this post!
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    • Hannah H. December 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Hey Cicely, you are such a sweetheart, your comment made me smile:-)
      That’s a great idea, and so unique. Those type of gifts cause a chain reaction! I love it!

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