Friday, December 16, 2011

Love List: A Have Fun, Do Good Holiday Gift by Sherry Richert Belul

Today's post is a guest piece by my pal Sherry Richert Belul, founder of Simply Celebrate, and author of the e-book, Present Perfect: 127 creative, one-of-a-kind, no-to-low cost, wow-‘em gifts they’ll never forget. You can connect with Sherry on, her blog (Cherry Blossom Soup), Facebook and Twitter (@simplycelebrate). 

Love List: A Have Fun, Do Good Holiday Gift
Want a great do-good, feel-good holiday gift that doesn’t cost a dime? A Love List is one of the best gifts you can give someone.  It's simple and fun to create. Here’s what you do:

1. Set aside an hour to make your Love List.

2. Play some music and maybe dig up a photo of the gift recipient. (That’s for inspiration, but you might decide to include it as part of the presentation!)

3. Get out a pen and paper and start thinking about things you love about this person. Let yourself be open to all the thoughts that drop in.
  • Do you love her laugh? 
  • The way she greets you with a warm hug whenever you see her? 
  • Those Rilke poems she gave you? 
  • The memory of your college trip to Paris when you wore the blue beret and she donned the red one?!
Let yourself brainstorm about who she is, things she does, what you’ve learned from her, funny stories, and favorite memories. Give yourself permission to be as silly, sweet, sincere, or sarcastic as you want! This gift is about being exactly who you are and reflecting back to her who she is to you.

4. Once you have your list, you can present it as-is, or get creative. I've posted a video on Simply Celebrate that will give some ideas on creative ways to present your Love List. You can also request a free Love List download that will give you even more ideas for how to present your Love List, as well as a ready-made list to complete.

People are always thinking of original and fun ways to turn their lists into a unique gift. I’d LOVE to hear yours!

The Love List feels good to make and is great to receive. I hope you’ll try one for someone you dearly love!


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  1. Thanks for the honor of being included on your blog, Britt!!! I hope folks will try making at least one Love List this holiday season. It's truly a wonderful feeling to be immersed in the reasons why we love someone!

  2. This is such a simple, beautiful idea. My daughters and I will be making one for their dad.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I was stuck for a gift for my husband for our anniversary. I think a love list will make a perfect gist. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Sherry ~ Thank you for the beautiful post.

    Sarah ~ What a lovely idea to make it with your daughters.

    Tat @ Mum ~ What a wonderful anniversary gift!

  5. Sarah and Tat@Mum, I love that you both will be making Love Lists! I'm collecting stories and digital pics of various love lists people make, if you wouldn't mind sharing! My email is :-)


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