It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve, and I know some of you are still out there shopping. I also have a couple of items yet to pick up, but… there are creative options. A few years ago, a friend of mine and I decided we should give each other “events” or “moments” for Christmas instead of things. (we still can’t help giving a wee thing… old habits die hard)
As a kid growing up in a very creative family we made it a rule that we had to make at least one gift. This became the funnest part of our gift giving, because it nurtured our creativity, and also made us a tad competitive in a very fun way. I am very grateful we had this ritual.
When I got into the performing arts my gifts changed colour (I still like making things). One of my favourite gifts to do was researching good short stories and recording them on tape so my parents would get personal audio stories.
How can you turn your skills, hobbies, or interests into a gift?
You can make gift certificates that give your receiver a 3 dimensional proof of your future gesture.
1. Escort you on a Spring Hike with a hot chocolate at the best viewpoint. (take a thermos)
2. Read a story aloud to you, before going to sleep at night, for 10 nights of your choice. (start researching stories)
3. For your artist friend, take them for a gallery tour, with a good cup of coffee and discussion at the end.
4. Take your friend/family to a play, or to some live music. (this might cost a little bit, but so much fun!)
5. Offer to clean, vacuum, or spruce up a friend’s place. (could be a real treat for a friend/family)
Examples like these are fun, unexpected and can kick-start your imagination. And, you won’t have a horrendous credit card bill at the top of the following year!
What do you think? Any ideas to share?
And, under what Christmas celebratory category do you fall? Read more at “Buffoon Droppings”.
Merry Christmas, and remember, breathe and enjoy your loved ones first and foremost!