It’s the beginning of December and I’m sure you’ve been hearing Christmas and Holiday music since just after Halloween. There’s a wide range of attitudes towards the holiday season, everything from Mistletoe Minions to Holiday Grinches. I tend to fall towards the end of the spectrum that absolutely adores the Holiday season. I enjoy watching the Nativity Play and hearing Christmas Carolers sing. Don’t even get me started about how much I love Gingerbread cookies.
However, one of my favorite traditions is the exchanging of gifts with close family and friends. Yes, I know that gifts shouldn’t be the focus of the Holiday season, but I just love seeing the look on my sister’s face when she opens my present and I can tell that she loves it. (She was never very good at pretending to like presents).
I find great joy out of giving presents, but I sometimes experience a bit of gift-giving regret when I look at my credit card bill. I am, indeed, an over-spender when it comes to purchasing gifts for my family. That is why, this year, I’m aiming to give gifts that are meaningful, but also easy on my wallet.
Here are some ideas that might get you inspired:
If you’re a Writer…
- Write them a poem
- Write them a letter
- Write a list of the reasons why you love them
If you’re Crafty…
If you’re a Programmer…
- Program a “Choose Your Own Adventure” game featuring your loved one
- Create a random generator that gives names all of the great things about them
If you’re good at cooking…
If you’re not quite sure what your skills are…
- Help out by doing extra chores
- Tell them you love them and all the things about them that you appreciate
- Make a gift basket with inexpensive items from a discount store (I like TJ Maxx)