Be The Gift Giving Hero This Holiday Season

Hero– A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Gift– Something given without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance.

Be The Gift Giving Hero with gifts that inspire, grow, and bring well-being to the gift giver and those receiving the gift.  If looking at your gift list brings you any kind of anxiety, you are not alone.  It can be daunting thinking about how to match the perfect gift to each person on your list. 

Every year billions of dollars are spent on unwanted gifts. Gifts that don’t delight the recipient or make the gift giver feel good.   Imagine what a huge impact we could have by gifting gardens and gardening experiences instead of stuff. Gardens that have proven benefits for mental and physical health and are good for the planet.

“Last year our company gave desktop gardens and gardening experiences to our customers and colleagues.  The gifts aligned with our message of growing together and growing for the good of others.  Inside each gift was a personal note inviting everyone to share what they were most excited about growing in 2022. It was incredibly moving, receiving a gift that I felt good about giving and had feedback on throughout the year- it was powerful and a reminder that well done gifting is good.” Kim H- Financials

We have all received and given gifts personally and professionally. Yet, nothing compares to how it feels to give the perfect gift, a gift that aligns with our priorities, one that is as good to give as it is to receive. Giving to others, like gardening is one of the most powerful well-being tools.  Giving the perfect gift you know will bring joy and not end up on the gift closest is a way to boost your own well-being and bring perspective to our own lives.  Giving has been proven to transform the giver as much as the recipient.

The feelings you get with the act of gifting is backed by science. Catherine Franssen, a neuroscientist at Longwood University points out that “the act of giving is rewarding to the brain  and makes us feel good.” New studies attest to the benefits of giving—not just for the recipients, but for the givers’ health and happiness, and for the strength of entire communities.

We grew up hearing, “it is better to give than receive”. This idea can be traced back at least as far as the Bible. Yes, this sentiment is often viewed as a moral lesson, but there is also a vast amount of scientific support for the benefits of giving.  Giving offers us a wide range of benefits, neurological, psychological and even evolutionary. Studies have revealed several regions of the brain are directly impacted in the gift giving process. 

Giving makes us feel happy. A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton found giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more that spending it on themselves (despite participants’ prediction that spending on themselves would make them happier).

Giving evokes gratitude. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a gift, that gift can elicit feelings of gratitude—it can be a way of expressing gratitude or instilling gratitude in the recipient. And research has found that gratitude is integral to happiness, health, and social bonds.

Gifting well-being is one way to be a gift giving hero this holiday season.  Your gift will become much greater than just a holiday to-do, it can help you give the gift of well-being and even jumpstart a cascade of growing good things together.  The happiness you will feel when you give a gift that grows will be long remembered and appreciated.

Be the gift-giving hero this holiday season with Gardenuity. Gifting a garden will be a gift that will be remembered long after the twinkle lights, trees, and decorations come down, as they are a gift to grow and let nature nurture you. 

How does one gift a garden, you ask?

Trust me, we know it is not a good idea to wrap plants up and set them under a tree, but Gardenuity’s Giftable Garden recognizes that problem and we provide the next best option.  

Gifting a garden allows you to be the gift-giving hero because they are gifts of wellness, nature, flavor, and time. This is the gift that keeps on giving with countless wellness benefits, mindfulness, delicious and bountiful harvests, and more time spent with nature. 

Gifting the gift of an ever-evolving and changing experience that can be beneficial for personal growth, as well as the growth of those around you is something that we think should be on everyone’s list this year. They say you can’t buy happiness, but if your goal as the gift giver is to make the recipient happy, you will have great luck with gifting a garden and gardening experience. 

Research backs up that gifting experiences lead to memories and when the gift brings wellness benefits it is a gift that keeps on giving. We all benefit from taking a pause every now and then, to administer some self-care and a little TLC.

This thoughtful gift of a garden and growth invites your loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, or friends to do so is sure to be a success!