The economy is still on recovery mode but with the holidays fast approaching, people just can’t help but overspend their hard earned money. You don’t have or need to since there are many ways you can celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank! Seems like an impossible task for many but definitely worth a try.
Suggestion #1: Give meaningful but less expensive gifts. Giving gifts doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive to be meaningful. Get a clue from your everyday interaction with a loved one. Let’s say, your husband has been too stressed at work and you know he needs a bit of R&R. What do you do? You don’t just jump and buy two tickets to an exotic island getaway! You could book an hour of massage at your local spa or you could do the massage yourself. For those who are on long distance relationships, send some KindNotes and put a smile on his or her face.
Suggestion #2: Gift loved one(s) with TIME. It’s easier said than done but time is really of the essence. It’s something no amount of money can equal to. Find ways to spend more time (quality time that is) with the people that matter. It can be a simple walk in the park or a family dinner, anything. People already possess too many things and it could be that what they need is your TIME. Spend some time writing your thoughts on KindNotes and see your loved one’s face brighten up. It’s the simple things that matter.
Suggestion #3: Get Creative. Don’t be afraid of being called stingy just because you didn’t buy something expensive. Gifts are not limited to just buying stuff. If you know your family and friends well enough, it’s time to get your thinking hat going and start getting creative. Think of ways to help a neighbor, family or friend. Believe me, there are tons you could do for people and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
This season, re-think your strategy of giving gifts and hopefully find the true meaning of celebrating Christmas. Enjoy the holidays!