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Jillian Queri, Park Record Intern

With the holiday season in full swing, it can be easy to get lost in the chaos of the most wonderful time of the year. Often, the beauty behind selecting your loved ones meaningful gifts can be disregarded and banished behind the pressuring clouds of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Granted, not everyone has the time to plan his or her holiday shopping with immense detail and thought-out plans. Nor does the average person have the desire, time or the patience to hand-make or pick out incredibly memorable presents. So, if you aren’t the crafty type, or one with a large amount of time to spend during the most hectic time of year, try to keep a few things in mind to make this Christmas as memorable and meaningful as possible.

It’s easy to find a gift that gets the job done, but it’s harder to find a gift that provokes positive feelings, a good surprise and happy memories all at once. Even though the holidays are meant for spending time with the ones who matter most, gifts are still a crucial part in making this time of year extra special. A gift is something that should be unique to the receiver, meaningful and heartfelt; not something that’s thrown together or irrelevant to the person you’re giving it to.

When picking out presents, focus on the excitement, shock or joy that the gift will bring. The purpose of gifting is to provoke the feelings of happiness and gratitude, and if you know the person well enough, finding a present that gets this job done should be more simple than one might think. Select or creative a gift that represents a memory shared, represents the specific person and that has a personal touch.

Always keep in mind that the holiday season is supposed to be filled with cheer and positive vibes — not the stress or burden of gift giving and the number on the price tag. Of course, there will always be pressure to find the "perfect gift" that will hopefully please loved ones, but when the feeling of obligation is removed and when sentiment becomes the focus, a meaningful holiday gift will always be found. Remember, if you don’t have the means or time to find or make the perfect holiday presents, time spent together and memories shared should be enough to make this holiday season unforgettable. Happy holidays, Park City!


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