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.
- 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.
- 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 √
- Magazines are often overlooked by a good subscription comes 4, 12 or 51 times a year…sweet! You can find something for everyone…really.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.