It’s that time of the year and because we live in a world (country?) where presents and materialism reigns in this time of giving, I wanted to take a moment to combat that idea and hope to go back to the appreciation and love that went along with it, no matter your tradition. But also to acknowledge the kindness that comes along with giving gifts especially if that’s your way of showing love (it definitely is for me). But doing this doesn’t have to be costly, time-consuming or waste-producing and so I wanted to provide some suggestions on gift-giving, for celebrating in a fun way, and just for the season in general.
- Be unconventional — think giving someone their own star (cheesy) or a Kiva donation in their name!
- DIY — people love hand-painted picture frames, homemade bath bombs and movie night kits!
- Get to thrifting and second-hand shopping — you might find some cool movies, a neat sweater or a bow tie to turn your head backwards.
- Skip the wrapping paper and tape. This only goes to waste anyways! Instead give the gift as is or wrapped in paper you’ve already used (old math tests?).
- Give an experience like a trip to the spa, a dinner or a mini-golf certificate.
- Give them your favorite book.
- Make an online photo collage for them or a video telling them how much you love them!
- A subscription to their favorite newspaper or magazine.
- Maybe they like farming? If so and they might have a month or 2 free, get them a WWOOFing membership and let them run wild. Maybe consult them beforehand, though.
- Good old peppermint hot cocoa is always a winner as is Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer sandwiches (especially for kids).
- Go ice skating, caroling or movie-marathon watching!
Skip the giving all-together and have a night in dedicated to spending time with them, watching a movie, going for a walk, making dinner together or petting a dog. Let’s skip the materialism in this capitalist world and just love each other.
Happy Holidays, folks!