The Best Gift is You
The truth is sweethartz, I went back and forth on the idea of doing any kind of gift giving guide on the blog. I love the holidays and all the traditions that go along with it, but personally, I can find the holidays to feel a bit excessive and they can be overwhelming for many. The extra indulging and spending can leave our beings feeling exhausted and gross. Then, I reminded myself that the way we feel about anything is simply a choice of perception. Gift giving doesn't need to be done in excess. After all, it really is the thought behind the gift that matters and in the end the real gift is you.
Gift giving doesn't need to be about spending a ton of money or searching endlessly for the 'perfect' gift. Giving is about the feeling. It feels so good to give to someone and watch them light up as they open in anticipation. It also feel so good to receive a little something from someone we love who thought of us when they chose that gift just for us. That said, giving doesn't need to be material. If time is what you have, give time. If you make the most incredible banana bread, make that and bring it to work and share with your coworkers.
The holidays can be a lonely and difficult time for many who aren't able to afford certain luxuries than many of us have been blessed with to enjoy. That's why giving back from the heart is so important. The best gift is you and there are so many ways to give a little extra you to family, friends and your community. I've always loved volunteering and giving back to others. Here are a few simple ways to give back and spread a little extra love over the holidays and all year round.
- Volunteer as a holiday gift wrap elf. Many foundations host donation gift wrap stations at shopping centers and the proceeds collected help fund the charity.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
- Help out at your local Christmas Tree farm or market.
- Bake your favourite holiday treats and share them with friends, family and co-workers.
- Connect with a senior center in your community, or spend time with an elderly neighbour. Offer to help maintain their drive-way when it snows and help them with errands and chores.
- Adopt - a- family with a group of friends and join together to give them a memorable holiday.
- Work a few shifts at a soup kitchen.
- Leave a cheerful note on someones windshield.
- Bring some blankets, pet food and toys to your local animal shelter.
- Donate your old books and magazines to the hospital or Doctors office.
- Give a little extra tip to your server and make their day.
- Volunteer at the food bank or organize a non-perishable collection and donate
- Host a holiday party and have guests bring old sweaters and coats then donate them to a local shelter.
- Give blood.
- Compliment a stranger.