Thursday, December 11, 2008
Please consider finding a way to give back to your community. Shovel your neighbor's walk in addition to your own. Take food to a food bank. Contribute to a toy drive. Make an extra batch of soup the next time you make some for someone who could use it.
Consider giving the gift of time to family members. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as giving tickets to see a play or concert together (and supporting the arts in the process).
Handmade gifts are special; the biscotti I posted yesterday makes a great gift alone or paired with some tea or coffee and/or a mug. Here is another great idea I saw today.
If you aren't making your own gifts, please consider buying handmade.
Remember others such as house cleaners, childcare providers, teachers, and letter carriers. Consider giving them gift certificates for groceries, haircuts, massages, dry cleaning, restaurant meals or video rentals. Tickets to movies and concerts make great gifts.
If you plan to give to any senior citizens, bus passes and coupons for transportation or taxis are often helpful. Consider giving a subscription to a magazine. My aunt suggested stationary and stamps as a gift for my Grandmother who recently had to move into an assisted living facility.
The holidays are often a sad time for those who are alone. Consider inviting someone you know who is alone for a meal with your family. Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions for holiday giving in the comments section.