It’s Less Than 2 Weeks Until Christmas

by Kevin on December 12, 2008

(Photo by whitetiger8370)

We’re closing in on the big holiday. Twelve shopping days left. Christmas music burned into your memory from the last three months of hearing it at every turn. One huge sale day out of the way with one more to go.

For some this is a period of mass chaos. Shopping to do (or start!), decorations to finish putting up, and trees to trim. Think of the poor teachers like my wife. About this time of year kids just start to completely lose focus. It makes every day a challenge. Then she has to come home and deal with me! 🙂

For others this is a time of sadness. A loved one gone, no trees to trim, perhaps having been one of the thousands to lose a job over the past few months, hardly any food in the fridge.

It’s this time of year where many like to reflect. What are you working so hard for? Is your home full of stuff? Have you had lots of quality time with your family?

Instead of the typical Christmas gear you normally give, why not try out some of these ideas? I plan to develop these further in posts, but for the time being…

Give the Gift of Time

This year instead of giving a toaster over or blender or any appliance that the receiver doesn’t really want, why not give the gift of time? Offer to do something for them or to simply spend time with them over a cup of coffee. You could setup a time every month to go to the local coffee shop and spend time together.

Give the Gift of Experience

If you insist on dropping some money on a gift for that special someone, give them an experience rather than more stuff. Ideally this experience gift will also mix in the gift of your own time — that is, you spend time together doing the same thing.

Husbands, give your wife a day at the spa getting a massage. Wives, buy some sports tickets and go with him. There a million possibilities based on what your special someone loves to do.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take your camera with you and you’ll end up giving a gift that lasts much longer — something that stays as a great memory.

Give the Gift of Caring

If you know someone that is having a rough week, month, or year… why not reach out to them? The simple act of sitting down over a cup of coffee can make all the difference in the world to someone that is really hurting. Show them you care.

In the end giving this type of gift really gives you just as much as it gives them. The act of truly giving yourself to someone for an hour or a day can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself.


Tina December 12, 2008 at 8:41 pm

I totally agree with you. In the last few years I have decided to give the gift of time with a loved one instead of buying a gift. With my mom I buy a her a ticket for $20 to our town’s tour of the inside of houses decorated for Christmas. It great to get out with her and create this meaningful memory. We have lunch after wards which is included in the price. With my boyfriend we go to a museum, zoo or local event going on. The older I get I’m just not in to material things, I have realized that time and creating a bonding memory with loved ones is what it’s all about.

Kevin December 15, 2008 at 9:18 am

@Tina: Good idea with the tour of homes. I know people do this during the year just to see great design work inside homes. Grab some hot chocolate and go out and see the homes. You could also do this by just driving around and looking at the lights. We used to do that when I was a kid.

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