We're in the process of coming up with little gifts for all the extra people in our lives. The sunday school leaders, the piano teacher, the youth leaders who spend a little extra time helping my kids. Now, we're not wealthy. Most years, it's homemade gifts or little gifts I've picked up on sale over the year. I've made soup mixes, bath salts, hot chocolate, homemade baked goods, etc.
As someone who, over the years, has been the recipient of little gifts like these, I know how much they really mean to the person who gets them. No, it doesn't have to be expensive. But when someone actually spends a little money or a little time to make or purchase something with me in mind, it tells me that they noticed the things I did throughout the year. I don't volunteer so I can get things back, I don't expect anything in return. That's what makes those little things even better. It's nice to be noticed and thanked, even if it's just a card thanking me for my time.
My challenge this season is to remember a person that maybe most people look over. A person that isn't expecting anything as a gift. Give them a little something, a baked good, a card thanking them, just something. Something that lets them know you noticed their service over the year. You'll make their day!