I love the name Giving Gifts for so many reasons. It is so simple and easy to say, almost silly as a store name, but full of meaning at the same time. We all have so many gifts to give the world. Those gifts can be literal, like the presents we give to friends and family or figurative and abstract like the gift of kindness or a genuine smile to a stranger in need. At Giving Gifts, I like to think that the gifts we carry combine the two types of giving. I love the idea that both concepts of giving can be captured into one beautiful gift. Nothing symbolizes this more for me, than Giving Keys.
Giving Keys are old keys that are engraved with words with meaning. Words like "Breathe", "Love", "Hope", "Dream", "Strength", etc... The keys are meant to be given as a gift (even to oneself) and then passed on to someone else that could use the message. They are engraved by people that are transitioning out of homelessness, so they truly give on so many levels. Of course, "Give" is one of the words engraved on the keys. The stories of giving posted on the Giving Keys website are amazing. If you are having a down day, where the world doesn't seem like a very caring place, then just visit the Giving Keys website and your faith in humanity and the kindness of people will be restored. You'll find stories like this one posted in mid-February 2013.
"I bought my first Giving Key before Christmas this past year. I wanted the word I chose to be something of a reminder for me whenever I needed to take a moment to relax and forget the frustration and stress. I also wanted it to remind me that every now and then I need to stop and take in all the beauty in the world; just exist in the short time I have here and enjoy it. I thought the word "breathe"would really capture this idea.
I fell in love with the idea that these necklaces were meant to be given away, the first time I heard of them. I didn't realize however, that I'd be giving mine away so soon. I didn't know that the person it was meant for was a woman I barely knew. But, while at evening service of church, during worship, I felt like God was letting me know it was time. So, as soon as we had a small break I made my way over to her. I asked her if we could talk a minute and as I began to explain I realized I was starting to cry. You see, this woman has been struggling on and off with cancer for a couple of years now and she has another surgery coming up pretty soon. When I told her what the key was for and what it said I let her know I didn't know if the word Breathe meant anything to her and she said it did. She then let me know that she's received hints from Above before that something was about to become difficult for her; helpful warnings to let her know that she's not alone and she can make it through.
As we began to part ways, she thanked me and I let her know I'd be praying for her. All I can think is that I hope it helps her through whatever is coming up for her. I hope it reminds her to continue believing she is not alone and keep breathing."
"My key was given to me on Christmas Day 2012 by my niece. On January 4, 2013, a young sweet girl by the name of Alyssa Byrne was found deceased on Pioneer Trail, So Lake Tahoe, CA. She had gone up to Tahoe with friends for a concert over the New Year. She left the concert alone (in her memory, please never leave anywhere alone when you are unfamiliar with the area. Always use the buddy system) and became disoriented on her way back to the hotel. It is believed she succumbed to the weather. My heart ached (and still aches) for her family. The word on my Giving Key was STRENGTH. On 1/7/2013 I decided that my key should go to Alyssa's mother, whom I did not know. I went to Alyssa's home, told her mom I was a stranger who cared deeply about what they were going through, told her the story of the key and put it in her hand. I told her she did not have to wear this key but that I wanted it to serve as a reminder that there was a community of strangers standing close to her and her family, holding the family & Alyssa in thought and prayer. As she closed her hand around the key, she simply said "this is perfect". She may not remember my name or my face, but I am sure she will always remember that the key was given to her by a stranger who cared. My niece gave me an awesome gift on Christmas Day hat I was able to pass on to someone in need and that in itself was a huge gift for my heart!"
Giving Keys are all one-of-a-kind. Giving Gifts has a large selection of words, including:BREATHE
Giving Keys are available in lots of styles. There is the perfect Giving Key bracelet or necklace for everyone!