During a stressful time like the holidays, a little kindness and gratitude can go a long way. Here are 7 ways for even the busiest of us to spread a little cheer.
You can’t go wrong with a gift card to a coffee shop or chain. Even folks who don’t drink coffee will appreciate a warm cup of tea, cider, or cocoa as they slush on through the cold.
Are you an accomplished musician? A runner? A knitter? A great cook? Whatever your skillset, consider harnessing it as a way to show others you care this holiday season. Create a homemade gift card offering the recipient a home-cooked meal (post-meal cleanup included!), or a handful of music or knitting lessons.
FUEL (FOR THE BODY)
Shorter days and more to do means we’re all racing around this time of year. It’s easy to neglect our own needs in the process, leaving us tired and hangry at the worst possible moments. Help remind your loved ones to care for themselves with a care package full of almonds, chocolate, water, and herbal tea.
FUEL (FOR THE CAR)
Take some of the sting out of filling the tank with gas station gift cards. These are especially great thank-you gifts for carpool drivers, parental chauffeurs, or anyone with a long drive to work.
Going to the movies has become quite an expensive proposition. Give your favorite movie buff a basket full of snacks and a gift card to either a nearby cinema or, if they’re more into “binge watching and chill,” a streaming service.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
It’s runny nose season. Save your recipients from their own bad habit of blowing their nose on scratchy napkins or bathroom paper towels with personalized packages of soft tissues, lip balm, hand warmers, and other winter comforts.
If your recipient has a favorite organization that they routinely give to or work with, show you’re thinking of them by making a donation in their name. Better yet, make a donation in their name and ask if they’ll take you with them the next time they volunteer. They’ll appreciate the support and you’ll both get to make a difference in your local community.
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