Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? I’m seeing holiday deals in my inbox already, and it’s not even November! A lot of you might agree that holiday gift giving has lost some of what made it special in the past, and the expectation of material goods has gotten out of hand. Just google Walmart + Black Friday + injury for some of the worst examples. Meaningful gifting is not dead, however. I simply need to start thinking about gifting in a different way.
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There is something really special about getting together and giving loved ones gifts that have meaning. So before you get anything to just check someone off your to-do list, take a moment to model thoughtful giving for your children, family and community. Give them a gift that will last.
Experiences create the memories that bond us. Consider taking loved ones on a local adventure, a music show, committing to an exercise routine or honing cooking skills together. Or even just setting up time for a special day with just the two of you. This can be inexpensive for your pocketbook, and rich in meaning.
One of my fondest memories growing up was thrift store shopping with my dad. I don’t actually remember buying anything that day except the best tasting french bread that I have ever had, but I remember talking, laughing, and digging through all the crazy stuff in those shops.
Education is also a gift that lasts a lifetime. For youngsters in your life, what about a set of blocks that get their creative juices flowing, science experiments they can do with friends, or Peter and the Wolf, the Nutcracker and other classical pieces you loved as a child?
Whatever their passion as a young learner, stoke those coals. Your gift to them will not only last a lifetime, but positively influence their community!