It’s that time of year again, when there’s a magical hustle and bustle in the streets, and a natural cheer fills the air. For some of us, this can be a super stressful time of the year, with entertaining, holiday party-going and shopping frantically for the perfect gifts. Have you ever thought to yourself that life would be much easier if we could just enjoy ourselves and each other’s company without the whole gift thing? I don’t know about you, but personally I don’t need any more stuff. So this year, let’s focus on being great company, and forget the gifts! Here are my top 10 gifts you don’t have to go to the store to give:
- An adventure is priceless. Take your special someone somewhere they’ve never been before, but always wanted to go. Whether it’s a hike they’ve had their eye on, the local ice skating rink, or a food truck they’ve been drooling over. Give them the gift of adventure that they’ll never forget.
- Get hands on. Show your handy side and help out with a home project that a friend has wanted to get done forever and can never find the time. Help them clean out the garage, paint their bathroom, or organize their pantry. This is the type of gift they’ll be ever so grateful for.
- Feed the need. Donate your time. Grab a partner that likes to give back, find a local charity that you can support and lend a hand. Help out in a soup kitchen, sort toys for a secret Santa organization or gift drive, or make up your own care packages and share them with those that need it most. Not only will you be making someone else’s holiday a lot better, it also feels good to give back.
- Made with love. Make dinner for your friends or family. Do you have that person in your life, who’s always on the go and finds it hard to get home from work and make a healthy dinner? I think we all know at least one. Make a date to pop on over, let them relax and you do the cooking. They’ll probably appreciate it more than you know. If you’re in need of some ideas, look no further, check out the Vega Recipe Center for some awesome ideas.
- Be childish. Be part of the babysitters’ club and offer to take care of a friend or family member’s kids while the parents go out for a night on the town. Give them a much deserved night out, while you get some bonding time in with the kids. Heck, you’ll be surprised at the high quality blanket fort you’re able to build as an adult.
- Arts attack. Have a night out at the theater. Take your friend out for night to the theater, or go see a screening of your favorite movie. Get some popcorn, your favorite snacks and veg out.
- Go Complimental. Think of the feeling you get when someone pays you a really nice compliment. I’m not talking about, I like your shirt today, or your hair looks nice like that. Those are nice to hear, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about that feeling when someone close to you gives you a real heartfelt genuine compliment. Try making your gift something sentimental, take the time and write out a heartfelt card for your loved ones, with all the things you admire and love about them. And hey, who doesn’t like to read something nice about themselves.
- Teacher for a day. Use something you’re good at and roll with it. Are you a wizard behind the guitar, give your friend that’s been dying to play a lesson. Really good at playing hockey, set up a friendly match with your friends that have always wanted to get in on a game, but felt intimidated at the rink.
- Go old school. Make your friends a mixtape with your favorite jams. Or should I say make your friends a playlist. Find all those songs you rock out to when you’re together and share through Spotify or whatever music outlet you subscribe to.
- Make your own entertainment. Make a slide show. That’s right, slide shows aren’t just for weddings. How fun is to see old photos of you and your family? I’m talking before-Facebook-old. Gather your family around for a real blast from the past and a walk down memory lane. Share a laugh at your brother’s bowl cut, or your mom’s hairdo and remember the good ol’ days.
What are your favorite gifts to give?