Simple Ideas to Show Love and Appreciation

I like putting thought into gifts I give…especially ones to important people in my life and my kid’s lives. Why? Because people are valuable. Jesus says so, and I believe Him.

May is a perfect month to show others value through gift giving. As the school year comes to a close, it’s a great time to say, “Thank you,” to the teachers who have invested into our kids lives. Then there’s Mother’s Day! Those very important mamas and grandmothers deserve to know just how much we love them.


Now I like to make things and craft things with my hands, but I realize that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Here’s some tips and ideas that might help get the ideas for appreciation and love flowing without breaking the bank…

1. Get your kids involved. Nothing melts a teacher’s or a mama’s heart like a thought through gift from one of their students or kids. My daughter made a necklace for her kindergarten teacher and she wore it the whole day. My son painted a rock for his 3rd grade teacher, and it still sits in his classroom. Heartfelt equals love and appreciation.

2. Mix your ideas and theirs. Like I said, I like to make things with my hands, but at the same time, I want my kids to share their ideas. Last year my daughter wanted to make a box of chocolates, so my kids decorated boxes and I made chocolates. It was a perfect combination!

3. Keep it simple so as not to overwhelm. Because I tend to want to go all out, I have to constantly remind myself to pull back and simplify. The act of appreciating and showing love should be a joyful process, not a stressful one.

4. Allow plenty of time for your kids to be creative. My kids don’t do well being rushed, so I’ve had to learn to allow several days to complete a project, if need be. I think there’s also a bit of perfectionism in there (where they get that, I don’t know…smile), so rushing creates stress. It’s hard to be creative in a time crunch.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34, 35

There’s lots of ways we can show love and appreciation, but the point is to simply do it, isn’t it? It’s when we do it, that the world notices a difference and that difference is simply the love of Jesus.

What’s your favorite way to show love and appreciation? For a melt-your-heart book about a cute, little panda’s thoughts on his Mommy, check out Thank You, God, for Mommy!


Don’t forget to have a Happy Muhrs Day!

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.