updated 12/18/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/20/2012 AT 7:30 AM ET
“The holidays, for me, is just the time that I’m excited to do nothing but spend time with my family,” the Gossip Girl star says in a new video interview to promote the fragrance Gucci Première, for which she’s a spokesperson.
Speaking generally about her family, Lively, 25, says that when it comes to gift giving, she bestows those she loves with “something that gives you a life experience beyond a material thing.”
“Things that last are always the most powerful,” she continues. “Things that last are memories – whether it’s a photo album, something that was a meaningful moment or something you make.”
Lively fondly recalls one gift – from her sister – that touched her: a home video of her sister’s children getting ready for school. “[It was] just a day in the life,” says Lively, who emphasizes the video’s sentimental value.
“It was such an incredible gift because it’s something I can’t be there for every day,” she says of watching the video. “It’s so emotional.”
And making memories is important, she says of the upcoming holidays.
“We love to cook and eat and play games,” Lively says. “We always cook our meals together. … So much love pours into the food – and so much love pours out of it when you’re consuming it – so that was always an iconic part of the holidays for me.”