Small Gifts with High Impact

0 comments Posted on June 26, 2017

Cynthia Ruchtiby Cynthia Ruchti

As I’d entered a conference center where I was slated as the keynote speaker, I was met with a gift bag spilling over with bright tissue paper. Inside was a soothing scented candle, snacks that showed the giver understood my special dietary restrictions and other small but meaningful reminders that someone cared.

The next morning, I admired a new friend’s bracelet. She dug into her bag of supplies and gave me one just like it—a silver dangle bracelet reminding me of Amazing Grace.

Two new friends banded together to give me a gift bag with a Be-YOU-tiful message printed on its face and a versatile scarf. Another friend walked out of a resale shop and handed me the bag she carried. While I was shopping in a different part of the store, she’d purchased a wall hanging with a message she knew I’d love: Where flowers bloom, so does hope.

As My Parents AgeI called home to talk to my husband that night. He told me the French lilac bush in our yard was blooming profusely. It had been planted decades ago in honor of my father after he died, so the bush has always meant more than earthly beauty to us. My husband picked a bouquet of the fragrant flowers to take to our daughter, who’d hurt her back. I felt her joy as if I’d been the one to whom he’d given the gift.

Waiting for me at home was a box of specialty teas from a friend several states away. Among the other unopened mail was a book another friend knew I admired and ordered for me.

Those who assume that if we can’t give an expensive gift it’s not worth giving misunderstand the high impact of a small but thoughtful gesture.

I’m on the lookout now for small treasures that will move someone’s heart like mine was moved. You?

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through novels, nonfiction, devotionals and speaking events for women. She serves as professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, connecting with readers, retailers, libraries, book clubs and authors. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. Connect with her at:,,



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