I absolutely love this time of year. The food, the music, the decorations. It all makes me so happy. The only real issue that can overshadow it all is the obsession with STUFF. I love getting gifts. I love giving gifts. But I really do not enjoy the push for materialism and wish lists and consumerism that comes from this time of year. The good news is I’ve found a way to reduce the noise and enjoy the moments that matter. It is possible to simplify this season and the gift giving process. I shared a little on this last year in terms of gifting better, and as I’ve continued to simplify, the season has only gotten more joyful.
1. Love others. Spend time with family. With friends. Make new traditions with your neighbors or your kids or your core group of friends. Give the gift of time and memories that will last.
2. Focus on giving. Give to those who have big needs. And little needs. The things we don’t often see or think about. Refugees come into our cities with nothing. Homeless shelters get overcrowded when the weather turns cold. Our neighbors have needs that often go unnoticed. Go say hi. Bring joy. Bring blankets and shoes and grocery gift cards. Everyday items can be the greatest blessings.
3. Give the unexpected. Instead of heading to the mall to buy sweaters and electronics and toys, think outside the box. Give experiences. Give handmade. Give love.
In need of some simple gift ideas?
- Simplified Planner or Recipe Binder // TODAY is the last day to order for pre-Christmas delivery!
- 2017 PowerSheets // Goal setting isn’t just for New Year’s but it is a great time to start fresh and plan for a great year of intentionality and simplicity.
- Handmade Treats // Check out this post and this post for some great homemade food gifts.
- Gifts with Purpose // Check out companies that do more than just make profit, and give back in some capacity, such as Sseko or Noonday Collection.
- Buy Small // Shop in your community, from small businesses, from people who are working hard to pursue their passions. I love Taylor Custer Jewelry, coffee from local shops, and friends’ home-based businesses. Send someone a hot meal from Chasing Food ATX, pamper someone with spa items from your local Mary Kay consultant, or gift a comfy tee from LulaRoe. With so many businesses like these popping up, there’s something for everyone on your list.
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