It’s getting down to the wire for the 2014 holiday season and many of us are still stressing over that last gift we need to buy (true confession: us too).
While the list-making and gift-buying process can be a lot of fun, we think it’s important to remember that often the most meaningful gifts don’t have a price tag.
Last week we asked you about your favourite gifts to give (or receive) that cost nothing at all. We were touched and inspired by your responses. And naturally, we couldn’t help but share them.
In no particular order, here are your favourite cost-free gifts:
So many of us go through our days wondering whether what we do, or who we are, is noticed or appreciated. It’s no surprise that many of you expressed how much you enjoy giving and receiving words of acknowledgement and gratitude.
Give It: Rather than simply signing your Christmas cards, take a moment to write a note of gratitude to the recipient, or to acknowledge a quality in them that you appreciate. The more specific the better!
In this busy world we can all use a helping hand every now and then. And there’s no feeling quite like lightening the load of someone in need.
Give It: The world is full of opportunities to help. You provided so many beautiful examples: babysitting, donating blood, shovelling a driveway, or cleaning a kitchen. Don’t wait for the “perfect” opportunity.. just get out there and lend a hand!
3. Something Handmade
There’s something extra-special about giving or receiving something made by hand. Whether it’s a homemade meal, hand-knitted scarf, or written-just-for-you poem. You can’t help but feel the love in every bite, stitch, or word.
Give It: What do you love to create? Your handmade gift doesn’t have to be predictable. One contributor makes homemade tinctures, another bouquets of dried flowers, and another art pieces with found objects. This deeply personal gift is all about sharing your unique skills and creativity.
In a world that’s increasingly virtual and impersonal, we weren’t surprised that many of you loved to give and receive gifts of connection.
Give It: Share hugs and kisses with those you love, or a smile and a friendly word with a stranger. It’s up to you to choose the level of connection you want to share, and with whom. And don’t underestimate the power of simple eye contact.
Time was by far your favourite cost-free gift to give and receive. Whether that time was spent talking, laughing, hiking, or simply listening… what was most important was simply being present with those you love.
Give It: Who needs to feel your presence this holiday season? Set a date, remove distractions and spend time together doing whatever you love to do. Your undivided attention is one of the most precious gifts you can give.
We hope this list inspires you as much as it inspires us. Thank you so much for these reminders that giving of yourself is more meaningful than any gift you can buy in a store.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!