So here we are in the last few days of November. How are you doing with your Christmas shopping?
Do you find that you struggle each year to think of new ideas both of what to give and what to ask for? How about if I asked another question. What type of gift really means the most to you? Those gifts you remember for years to come. The ones that gave you a warm fuzzy feeling inside when you received them. Those are the types of gifts we want to give.
For this weeks 5 Top Tips on a Tuesday I am going to reveal 5 gifts that you need to give this Christmas. Gifts that are both a joy to give and to receive.
The gift of Time
Time is the most precious gift you can give someone. We are all busy, we only have so many hours in the day but letting someone know that you have blocked out time for them is so wonderful. Take your loved one out for lunch or dinner. Arrange to see an event together like a concert, show or adventure activity. Take them on a spa date, especially if they have been stressed out of late. Even let someone know that for Christmas, you are taking them to their favourite coffee shop for a coffee date and good old catch up.
If you are away from your loved ones, how about arranging a surprise Skype session or phone call? Letting them know for the next 20, 40, 60, 90 minutes your attention is all theirs.
The gift of Energy
This year, why not give the gift you didn’t know you needed to give, your energy. Volunteer your time for a good cause, collect donations for a charity, call up your local shelter and ask them what they need – use your energy to help another that may not know your name but will certainly appreciate your kindness.
The gift of Effort
Some of the best gifts I have given/ received have been those which have the most generous effort behind them – handmade gifts. Get in the kitchen and bake up a batch of cookies rather than buying chocolates. Handy with a sewing machine or knit? Make some Christmas decorations/ trinkets/ scarfs. Make your own bath salts, face scrubs, hot chocolate kits or get the kids to decorate photo frames. The list is endless. These inexpensive gifts make the receiver feel so loved.
The gift of Memory
For many years now David and I have always put our Christmas money towards creating a memory. Items come and go but a memory lasts and can be cherished forever. You too could create a memory for someone you love, but you could also bring up forgotten memories from the past. Get a childhood photo framed or get home videos transferred on to DVD. Buy your brother or sister their favourite toy from their childhood or their favourite book. My brother gave David and I Ghostbusters Lego 2 years ago and I could not have been more excited!
The gift of Love
Realise that for some, this time of year can be tough/ stressful/ tiring/ busy/ expensive. Take the pressure off someone else. Show compassion and kindness. Pay for a strangers coffee. Ask someone how their day has been. Offer to look after someone’s kids so they can have time as a couple together. I could give many more examples of how you could gift your love but I am sure you are thinking of plenty already.
Let the spirit of the holidays enter you and your home this season. The best gift is not the most expensive one, it is the one with the thought, intention and most importantly love behind it. Maybe you know what you are giving this season, but if not, maybe this has sparked off some ‘out of the box’ ideas for you/ given you food for thought!
What out of the above would you like to give and receive?
What was the best gift you were ever given?
How do you like to show your love for someone each year?