Hand Made – The Best Kind of Gift


I am not big on words. I know right..SHOCKER! Especially considering that I have been writing consistently for over a month now. (Yayy..!) But, even though I may write, I Love You; whether in text or on this blog, I won’t be saying it very often when I talk. I don’t know why, but I’m just not that big on word affection. Sometimes it’s just the gestures that count, doesn’t it?

Anyway, if you are like me or are simply thinking of different ways to show people that you care then why not try something HANDMADE. I don’t mean the stuff which says ‘handmade’ at the store. No. I mean, actually crafting it with your own hands.

Chocolate Butter Biscuits !

Now a days, while a lot of us may talk about materialistic gifts, trust me; the extra effort is worth it. I’d rather receive a thoughtful hand note with a bunch of flowers rather than a printed one. Wouldn’t you?

Sure! A spa day or a makeover sounds fun, but if you add a little personal touch like a greeting or a picture frame then wouldn’t the memory remain stronger even after the day is over?

I’ve been on a creative streak as you guys can tell, (..or maybe not) but with birthdays / special occasions approaching or going by I just decided to put my bit out there; instead of just plain old birthday / special occasion gift ideas.

I guarantee that anything you do, however small, will be met with a smile. (unless they actually do prefer a trip to mall rather than spending the day watching cheesy movies..)

Sometime’s it’s just the thought that counts; but if you have a picture with your mum eating a burnt pancake for breakfast, it sure will make her laugh after all the years rather than an expensive handbag; unless she actually needs it!

As a little tip for you lovely readers; the easiest and most highly appreciated gift you could do is to cook something special for your loved ones. Whether it is their favorite dish or something special you made, give it a try and see how their face lights up!

Let me know your thoughts and how else do you plan on spreading the love and appreciating those around you. Do you have any other hand-made gift ideas? Would you guys like some more gift ideas for what you can create?

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The Gift – (Story)

The view was absolutely unbelievable.

He reached for his rucksack and made a makeshift pillow as he stretched in, to relax and let the sun soak through him. The heat was just the perfect amount; and so was the breeze. In fact, he wouldn’t have minded some more sun. Anything compared to the dull London weather was more than welcome in his eyes.

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“Let me have some space as well” said a voice as he felt his hand being pulled. The corner’s of his mouth turned upwards at that particular comment.

He wasn’t born in a privileged family. It was a normal one. His family consisted of hard working people; and that’s how he was raised. He got a degree, moved to the city and got a job. He shared his cubicle at work with three other people, just as he shared his flat with a room mate.

A perfectly normal life. So perfectly predictable. So predictably dull.

His room mate at the time, was a beautiful blonde. Lawyer by education but a bartender by profession. She baffled him and his thinking about a perfectly planned life. They had countless discussions about life, passion, work and their purpose. They often joked that when they had the time, and the money where would they go and what they would see and do. A bucket list of things they hoped they would see. He fooled around; she was optimistic.

On his birthday, she had gone out of the way to gift him a professional camera after she found out his hidden talent.

Taking a deep breath of air, his smiled widened. He remembered being ecstatic with that gift. It was something he secretly wanted for a long time, but never had the courage to ask for. They had celebrated that day by doing a photo shoot. He was good. But she was even better. He saw the way his camera caught her perfectly; and for a laugh he uploaded her pictures on a model hunt webpage.

It seems so bizarre to even think that within a week of that, she was scouted. After her first show, she was booked by an incredible management team. And, as her photographer he saw himself changing careers. From being behind the computer in his cubicle, he was now behind the camera lens at different locations around the world.

He got enough money to buy a house in London, instead of renting one. He even had enough to gift his parent’s a home beside him as well. His room mate, became his best friend before becoming his girlfriend. And most importantly, he found happiness. Despite the long and unimaginable hours, he loved doing what he did now.

He peeked over his head to see the beautiful blonde lying beside him. She had changed his life, and his way of thinking with a simple, thoughtful gift. And she didn’t even know it.

“What are you thinking ? “, she said looking in his eyes.

“Thinking how incredibly lucky I am right now.”

“Yes. So weird to think that I wouldn’t have gotten the camera had it not been at half price!” she thought aloud as she remembered the day.

The young couple looked at each other in the eye before sharing a carefree laugh and taking some more pictures.

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