Did you ever think how cool it will be to give a present without having to shop for it? How beautiful and simple it is to receive a smile, a hug or a simple wild flower from someone you care for. I am aware of how many people this holiday season are struggling due to financial hardship, I have one word for you: “Relax”, giving is not about shopping.
Here are some creative ways of giving that I hope will give you a new perspective this season:
- Give your best friend or family member a babysitting evening in 2010. Write it on a nice card with simple instructions on how you will like them to let you know, once they are ready to use their special babysitting gift.
- Give your grandmother/aunt a special tea afternoon to talk about life memories. Write the invitation and wrap it with a nice bow.
- Make some homemade cookies with someone you love and give them to your neighbor.
- Give your kids the freedom this Christmas season to choose how they wish to spend their time with you. The park, a sleep over with a couple of friends, going to the basketball court, etc… kids are happy with the simplest things. Make a photo album to keep as a memory sake.
- Cuddling time in a bag. Give your love one a movie ticket, a nice cozy blanket and a hot cocoa packet in a nice wrap and tell him that he can claim his cuddly night anytime.
- Give your mother a special walk this spring. Wrap up a flower with a note inviting her to walk with you in spring. While walking talk about life and the special memories that live in your heart.
- Call that someone that made a difference for you this year. Make the time to listen and get curious on how you can keep nourishing the relationship.
- Choose a homeless shelter near your home and donate time. Do it as a family and fill up your life with an amazing satisfaction of awareness towards the less fortunate.
- Give yourself a day away from everything to reflect on how your year was like, what you wish to leave behind and what your intentions are for 2010.
- Give your kids the promise to be fully present in their life.
I wish to end this post by saying that the art of giving is a natural gift we all have, let’s not forget its essence and simplicity by trying too hard.
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