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Happy Holidays: Ready or not!

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Are you tired of hearing it yet? Not if you keep it all in perspective. It is a time of giving; it is a time for sharing; it is a time for thinking and yes, it is a time for planning.

Let’s start with the planning. You can make it complicated or you can make it easy. Give what you like to receive. Give small and give plenty.

  1. Gift cards can work – I do not like them, but for many people they can work – Tim Horton is a way to go in Canada if you go this route.
  2. Gift the gift of knowledge – books, magazines and note books – sure you can go with iPads, Kindles and laptops, but we think you should reconsider. Signed by authors √ ; inscribed with a personalized message √; a used copy with a story √
  3. Magazines are often overlooked by a good subscription comes 4, 12 or 51 times a year…sweet! You can find something for everyone…really.
  4. Crafts…preferably something that can be consumed is a good way to spread the cheer – from cookies and biscotti to candles and Sucre a la crème…it can be fun to make and easy to share.
  5. Events – from family cruises to paint balling – snowshoeing to a family movie night at home or together at the theater (The Hobbit anyone?) is a great time to build memories and it does not feel expensive when it can bring the family together.
  6. Booze…yes booze: wine, rum, wine, rye, wine, tequila, wine and did we mention wine? Wine comes in just about everyone’s price range. You can combine it with a theme – from cheese to stories; photos to a tasting event for a group…it can even help you with your imagination
  7. Food is the ultimate sharing gift. Use your imagination (and some of that wine?). Cook a special meal. We touched on some in our crafts, but you can go further here. Add some cheese to that bottle of wine to get a theme going…add some chocolate to get an evening going. This year we ordered some tourtières from our favorite boucherie with a family secret twist to the recipe. That makes it easy on the pocket book; easy on the planning and tasty on the taste buds.

We mentioned planning. Some of these gifts take a little planning…the good news it is not too late. If it is, sit down; write them an IOU with a fixed delivery date. Now get to it.

Happy Holidays. It is a great time of the year to take some quiet time and do some thinking, reflection and planning.

Happy Holidays.

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