Once upon a time, my Christmas gift-giving list covered more
than a page. As my husband, grandparents, Dad, and some friends have departed
for heaven, it has shrunk like a sweater placed in a hot dryer. Prices and less
physical energy have also had a dampening effect on buying presents.
I've been thinking about creative ways to celebrate and
bring joy into the lives of others.
1. Since I'm an
author, a Christmas letter tucked into a card helps me share events from the
year nearing its end. I know it isn't original, but I still enjoy sending and
2. Silly, little
gifts often show more thought than big, expensive ones. If a friend loves a
certain type of chocolate or comments they love fuzzy socks, a package with a
sweet note will bring a smile to their faces.
3. A lot of older
folks in nursing homes have lost loved ones. It's a stretch to think of
something useful or enjoyable. If they like to write letters or send cards, a
package of blank note cards and/or birthday cards along with a book of stamps
might give them hours of pleasure. Crossword or word search puzzle books, lap
robes, or a package of treats (taking into account dietary restrictions) are
also good choices.
The gift of time is also appreciated by the elderly. A
breakfast at an inexpensive restaurant, helping them with grocery/Christmas
shopping, or inviting them over for a meal can be a welcome break from their
4. Books. Now you
know I couldn't put a list together without including books! So many people
have Kindles/Nooks and other e-readers these days, and you can get many
Christmas novellas for $1.99 or less. If your friends or relatives prefer print
books, many go on sale or can be found in the Bargain section.
5. Gift Cards. Does
your friend shop 'til she drops on Amazon? The perfect gift is at your
fingertips. Find out what store they love - department stores, bookstores,
small specialty places, health food establishments, movie theaters, and
hair/nail salons. Almost everyone offers gift cards.
6. Food gifts -
cookies, small bread loaves, specialty spices all make delightful gifts.
7. Collect items
throughout the year for a basket gift. It doesn't have to be huge or even a
basket. Mugs, mason jars, and pretty boxes can work just as well. If you need
ideas, check out Pinterest.
Writers and Readers:
What creative ideas do you have for gifts that don't break the bank?
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