It may be “the thought that counts”
But it’s the FOLLOW THROUGH that shows if it’s real.
“My little children; let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth;
And hereby we know we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.”
I John 3:18-19
Like the man says
“Talk is cheap.”
What’s more is it tends to make people think you actually intend to do something.