The temperature is falling, the turkey is in the oven and the gifts are piling up in your trunk. This holiday season give the gift that will give back to you. Your time! Many people fret over what they will buy that special someone, or that new friend. They first worry about the money and then toss that thought to the side. After all, it’s the holiday season; I’ll pay it off later, they resign. That’s an all too common theme during the holiday season. But don’t let that be you. Do something nice for someone without spending money and you’ll reap more benefits than you would if you spent your hard earned green cash. Here are a few ideas to help you give forward this holiday season.
Make your own gifts. Instead of buying things from the store, make your own gifts this holiday season. You can make food, bread, cookies, cakes, candles, jam, and all kinds of other things at home easily and without breaking the bank. These make excellent gifts for others and have that added touch of love. Your homemade gifts will be remembered and won’t go to waste, i.e., put in a closet never to be used. And instead of buying expensive Christmas cards – create your own or write a handwritten letter. I love receiving handwritten letters and notes. This makes it even more special than anything you could buy because the person took the time and put thought into it. If you have children, get them involved with creating. Kids are great helpers. It is true that the best things in life are free.
Invite friends and family over. Have a holiday dinner celebration. You can do all the cooking or ask folks to bring over their favorite dish or desert for a potluck. Afterwards, play cards (a staple in my family) or board games and enjoy the company. Your costs will be low and everyone will have a fabulous time.
Volunteer. During the holiday season, give back to others. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or adopt a family or child this season. While we should always set out to do good for others, life does get busy. But a few hours of your time can go a long way in putting a smile on someone’s face. It is also a great way to get your children involved and show that helping others can be fun.
Winter clean your home. Go through your home – closets, kids rooms, garage – and get rid of things you don’t need or use. Many of us are overwhelmed with stuff, and even pay for a storage unit to house it. But, when was the last time you actually went to your unit and used something from it? Have a yard sale and make a little cash, take items to a consignment shop, or donate it for a tax deduction. One person’s stuff/junk is another person’s treasure.
Tis’ the Season,