Heartwarming Christmas Gift Ideas That Won't Break the Bank
As the holidays approach, some of us may
Perhaps the question to answer is not, “What should I get them?” but
We’ve gotten so used to the importance of gift giving being placed on just getting something over using this time of
You don’t have to be sappy, and no, some of us are just not good at matching presents to people, but if you want to
Custom vs. Meaningful
We might not
Meaningful - meaning,
- Having a serious, important, or useful quality or purpose
- Communicating something that
is not directly expressed.
Sometimes the best gifts are ones they did not include on their
Last year, my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I remember looking out the window at our yard, considering the hours of work ahead to rake,
It can take some time to change a custom, but remember that it’s in your hands to decide if it’s important to do so in your own world.
What Would They
Keeping the level and depth of your relationship with your intended receiver in mind is a great guide – the better you know them, the easier it should be to decide on an appropriate gift. For example, it’s a lot easier to shop for someone if you’ve been to their house and have seen their taste and the colours they prefer,
When we talk about mindfulness, we think about things
Another way to look at how we present gifts bearing real value to the receiver is to consider what
Think back to gifts they’ve given you. Ask them about some of the most memorable gifts they’ve gotten in the past. Check out their Pinterest page. Go shopping with them and see what
Give the Gift of Time
Remember when you were little and had no money, but wanted to give your folks a sweet Mother’s or Father’s Day gift for a birthday or holiday? Did you ever make your own coupons? For example, THIS VOUCHER IS GOOD FOR ONE MASSAGE FROM SARAH (No expiry date). It might sound weird and will definitely depend on how well you know the person, but I guarantee at least one person in your life would appreciate this approach.
Don’t underestimate the importance of giving someone more time.
If the gift of time is something your intended will
Many of my friends have very young families - and not a lot of time or extra money. One of my favourite presents to give them is a gift card to their favourite restaurant (
The point is, I know how hard they work and how difficult it can be to find a sitter and get out of the house. This hits home in so many areas, but overall, it reflects how important they are to me, shows them I want to be a part of their kid’s lives and shows them I recognize how hard they work and that they should
Nice, But I Need Some Actual Gift Ideas
OK - you came here for an actual list of stuff to choose from, didn’t you? If these deep thoughts have not exactly inspired you with the perfect gift idea, here are some tangible treats that won’t break the bank.
Jar of affirmations or memories - This one will take more time than anything, but you can personalize and get
reallycreative with it. Take strips of paper, popsicle sticks, whatever you like and write downa favourite memory, something you like about them or an inspirational quote that can set up their day (Check out how this thoughtful man put one together to help his girlfriend, who suffers from anxiety and depression)
- Print their favourite mantra or quote on a canvas in their fave colour. Places like The Canvas Factory will let you design your own colours and pictures if you like, so for the artistically limited, this may be a good choice! (Prices start around $30)
Arrange for dinner so they don’t have to cook.
www . chefsplate.com and www . hellofresh.com bothoffer different packages and recipes can be as low as $10 per person. They create the meals for you and will deliver rightto your door, so you can treat them to a lovely dinner they don’t have to make and introduce them to another option to ordering pizza when they don’t feel likecooking. (Side note: SkipTheDishesalso offers gift cards starting at $ ) 20
Magazine subscription + specialty coffee + mug. This may seem like an ancient tradition, but to those with minimal funds and time, what’s more luxurious than getting a big, glossy mag in the mail and taking the time to sit down with a fancy cuppa to enjoy it every month?
Added bonus: it’slike you’re giving them 12 presents instead of 1 - and every time one arrives, they’ll think about you. Most will start around $30-40 per year.
In the mad dash to complete our holiday shopping, we may lose track of the reason
There’s no perfect way to do this, but the more effort you put in, the easier it will become. Whatever your ideas look like, if you
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