Run out of gift ideas? Don’t want to give something without meaning? Or buy something because if you don’t you’ll shop ’til you drop?
Below, you’ll learn what I’m giving my family which may spark your creativity, and then, after that, questions to get you thinking about ideas for your own list.
Bake a meal: For my parents, who are of retirement age, we are visiting and bringing with us a brunch meal. I can’t tell you what we’re making, because they read my blog!
(Hospice is for a variety of needs, not only for people living with cancer, in case you didn’t know.)
Books: Physical or e-books – I put these on the list because (a) if you give a book like mine, yes, it is a “Thing,” but you’re helping to improve things in the long run. (b) It’s something which can be shared after reading it. And you can encourage the sharing when you give certain types of gifts, too.
Time: Organizations like Home Helpers or It’s about Time exist in your state. They work with elders, but also busy families.
Experiences: Check out Living Social for discounts on a variety of experiences. Think about experiences year-round not just ones they can use now. From spa days to museums to lunch with you – all experiences you can send the person on, or share with the one you’re giving the gift to.
Advice & questions to figure out YOUR plans
What do they REALLY want. My parents really want to see their family at Christmas and simply spend time together. With four of us together for dinner, it makes most sense to have something simple, plus it takes work off mom’s shoulders! And, the grandparents get to give my dog treats; what could be better than that! Or maybe they don’t get to eat out often and that might be a special treat at their favorite place.
What’s happened in their life this year? Can you tie a donation to that? Can you find another experience if they loved this one?
What do they complain they never have time for? Buy them a gift of time – from books to personal assistants to professional organizers. A second pair of expert hands, who has “done it before” will solve this nagging problem, once and for all. Choose an organizing coach like me if it’s a continuing issue which seems never to go away – sustainable change.
What do they stand for? From values to hobbies and interests to causes they believe in: What’s there that could make a memorable gift?
What do they mean to you? Give a photo book, scrapbook or a letter or a poem – complete with quotes that mean something to you and to them about experiences you’ve had together, or what you really appreciate about this particular person.
Ideally, all year long, we’re slowing down enough to tell people that we love them or to tell people what we appreciate them. Then, at this time of year, there’s not quite as much pressure to find that perfect gift. Because you’ve been good all year long!