When it comes to holidays, birthdays, weddings and the myriad other occasions that crop up on a weekly basis, it is easy to feel pressured to buy fancy gifts for our loved ones. It is as though we wouldn’t be showing how much we love them if presents weren’t tied up in a big red bow, chased soon after by a credit card statement.
But is debt really proof of the holiday spirit? Was your gift really necessary? Will it be treasured?
More importantly will you give it with absolute love, or a tinge of resentment, because you could not really afford it?
It is said in giving we receive – and I know that was not meant as a burden of stress and guilt!
So we want to give you a whole host of suggestions that will cost you next to nothing, and can be given any day, any time – they will simply require a bit of time, attention and love. To the receiver they will be priceless!
Sounds easy right! There is a catch….it has to be genuine!
A real, authentic compliment will resonate with the receiver, making them feel noticed, acknowledged and loved. You will be rewarded with a moment of connection with them – and of course the feel good vibe from making them smile.
This is a great one for anybody – but really perfect for a grown up child, or sibling.
Gather together memorable meals that you shared as you were growing up, maybe on special occasions or at grannies house. Put them together in a binder and even stick in some hand drawn pictures if you have some ability.
Yes, there will be ingredients to buy – but it will be far cheaper than eating out at a restaurant. Cooking for your family and friends is a way of showing them love. When you invite people to your home, to your table to feed them a meal that you have lovingly prepared you are opening yourself up to them – it is more than filling their bellies. You can set the mood yourself, the music, lighting, ambience, portion sizes! What could be better?
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