Why it's better to give than receive this holiday season

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Why it's better to give than receive this holiday season
"As a blogger, I spend a lot of time browsing and shopping. And let's be honest, it's mostly for myself. But once the holiday season rolls around I get into full-on gifting mode." - Ally of AllyCog
"JCPenney has really stepped up their home decor game lately. I snagged this throw for my own couch (oops!), but they have so many colors and patterns you can easily find one to match any style." - Ally of AllyCog
"The holiday season is officially underway! This is my favorite time of year... Christmas music, time with family, twinkle lights, peppermint mochas, and shopping! And it's the perfect opportunity to show those in your life how much you care about them. " - Cortney of Cort in Session

"​I started marking things off my list early this year to ensure I have the perfect present for each of my unique friends. If you're like me, each person has a vastly different personality and style so I curated a gift guide with help from JCPenney so you are prepared to tackle this season." - Cortney of Cort in Session

"Now that [my son] is almost 2 1/2 years old, he's starting to really get into all the holidays this year. Part of what I really want to teach him this Christmas, though, is the idea of giving.  I'm hoping to have him join in on the gift-giving process instead of just focusing on the gift-receiving aspect." - Kileen of Cute & Little

"With all the craziness of this holiday season, it was definitely nice to slow down and enjoy the gift-giving process from a toddler's eyes. JCPenney is hoping to spread the joy this season by reminding us that it is better to give than to receive with their #JustGotJingled campaign." - Kileen of Cute & Little

"It's easy to create a wish list for items that you're coveting. But how about creating a wish list for the friends that you're still hunting down that perfect gift for?! From beauty products to stocking the bar cart for that friend who just moved, JCPenney has you covered with amazing finds!" - Meaghan of District Sparkle
"If there is one thing I love doing this holiday season, it’s Christmas shopping for my loved ones! I always look forward to the search of finding thoughtful gifts for those special people in my life." - Shelby of Glitter & Gingham
"For my BFF, I love finding pieces for her that she wouldn't normally buy herself, but ones that are still versatile to her lifestyle. She does not discriminate when it comes to sparkle, so these embellished blouses were a no brainer." - Shelby of Glitter & Gingham
"Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts that you can give your loved ones are the every day items that they can use regularly." - Chassity of Look Linger Love
"Here are a few more of my favorites. It's so much better to give than to receive, especially when you know you're
giving something that your loved one will really use." - Chassity of Look Linger Love
"It is the season of giving and this time of year it's always better to give than receive. If you are looking for gifts for a wine lover, a hostess gift, or just a fun gift for a loved one, I have you covered with these fabulous bar inspired gifts from JCPenney." - Naina of Style 'N
"As much as I love unwrapping a thoughtfully picked present with my name on it, there’s nothing better than giving a gift that makes someone light up. After all, ‘tis better to give than to receive, right?" - Jen of The Effortless Chic
"There are so many people in my life for which I am grateful that the list can get really long really quick, so I like to shop at places where I can really make my dollar stretch and where I know I’ll find something for everyone on my list. JCPenney is a perfect spot for finding something unique and chic while on a budget." - Jen of The Effortless Chic

The holidays are officially upon us, and while you may find yourself putting together a wish list for yourself, we can all agree that there's nothing better than watching your loved ones open the gifts you've given them. Seeing your family's faces light up as they open meaningful presents makes the holidays just a little bit more special.

That's why we're excited to work with JCPenney and our contributors, to show the true meaning of the season and how you can brighten someone's day with the smallest act of kindness. From giving the perfect gift to simply holding the door open for other shoppers, this year we're encouraging you to take giving one step further. Take a look at JCPenney's #JustGotJingled campaign for some inspiration for your very own Random Act of Jingle!

Click through the gallery above to hear from our contributors what they'll be gifting their loved ones this year, and how they are enhancing the holiday season with a little extra kindness.

Compensation for this post was provided by JCPenney via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JCPenney or AOL.
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