Christmas is over, but shopping for presents continues throughout the year. Friends and relatives who received gifts from you, or who will receive them in the future, will never tell you that they don’t appreciate them. Shopping advisers” tell us how to be good shoppers:

1. Determine how much money you want to spend on the gift.

2. Have two or three things in mind which would be suitable.

3. Make discreet inquiry as to whether or not the person might already have something that he’d rather use or keep instead. A good example of this might be if you notice a member of your family wearing shabby house slippers, you might purchase a brand new pair and later discover her wearing the same old house slippers—due to sentimental attachment.

4. It is not in poor taste to ask a friend or family member to name three or four things that he really wants, but that DOESN’T mean you should get him one of these items. You might discern a need that he didn’t realize.

There are many reasons people give gifts. Some give because they know that their gift will make the recipient happy. Some give hoping that their gift will be reciprocated. It’s the rare individual who gives because it’s his very nature to be giving. Being sensitive enough to discern what someone really needs is certainly more loving than giving because of how good it will make you feel about yourself. Often we forget that the best gift is the one chosen to perfectly meet someone else’s need.

THANK GOD THAT HE REMEMBERED OUR NEED!”…God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) While birthdays, anniversaries and holidays can be fun-filled occasions, and are all good reasons for giving presents, when the festivities end, many people have little to return to but the emptiness of their everyday lives. God has something to give which will remain long after the wrapping paper has been tossed away, and the cake and ice cream are gone. The real gift—the one that really keeps on giving—is timely for any day of the year. The gift of His presence in our lives can make everyday circumstances seem like special events. And what’s more, His perfect gift meets everyone’s needs.