When it comes to giving gifts to others, the old saying really is true: “it’s the thought that counts.” Behind every gift is an intention, and it’s when that intention is centered in the true spirit of giving that a gift means the most – whether it’s actually given or not.

Not long ago, a friend who noticed how busy I am said, “I wish I could help you with some of your work,” and though there was no way he actually could help me, I really appreciated his offer and I thanked him for it. Somehow just knowing he was willing to help was enough to lighten my burden a little. He went on to say, “I’d like to do something for you, so if you ever think of anything I could do, please let me know.” Again, I thanked him and promised that I would. Then, he said with a laugh, “What I’d really like to give you is a day off because you really need one. Take care of yourself, Chuck.” I promised I would.

Then, I kept my promise by going out for a walk and while I was walking, I turned his offer into a little project called “The Good Gift Box Project” which I now offer to you. That’s how gifts work. Whether actually given or not, an offered gift is sometimes all it takes to get things going and make things better.

Maybe it really is the thought that counts.

This project eventually brings all the languages skills together to have learners tell others about the good gift they’d like to give someone if they could and why. Along the way there’s grammar work, a focus on vocabulary, some practice opportunities, a bit of story-telling, and some of the language that could be used to respond. Although this project is especially good for a holiday gift-giving season, it works anytime and with a few tweaks can be used with learners at almost any level or age. There are also extension activities, including a Good Gift Box learners can personalize and present to someone as a good gift.

Download the activity and give it a try. It’s my little gift to you.

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