With the Holiday Season upon us, I wanted to share one "gift" that I truly look forward to each & every year. We all know that this time of year is hectic & conquering the never-ending list of gifts to get seems impossible at times. So I thought I would share what I've come to enjoy during this Season.
Some years back I started doing things differently with a couple friends & family members (family members = my sister). Rather than buy & exchange gifts we plan a time to get together & just spend time with one another. We have gone to get mani's & pedi's, gone to dinner & a movie, met for a run followed & up with a visit to the coffee shop, or even planned to meet up & conquer some Holiday shopping together. The time together is the "gift" (unless we happen to pick something up for ourselves along the way) & we get to have a moment of fun amongst all the Holiday rush.
Once my sister moved back home after living out-of-state for 10 years (so glad to have her back!), we started our own tradition of exchanging gifts with each other. We pick a theme (usually something newly trending that we have been eyeing) & we plan a time to shop together for the "just right item". When we each find our mission item, we buy it ourselves. Sometimes we get the exact same item, other times we just get similar items. The year we did boots, we got the same boot but in two different colors. Then came the jeans - same store/brand but different cuts. This year we got identical "shades". Again, even though we are still buying something, we really look forward to spending the day together & hunting for our mission item (well, I guess I'm speaking for my sister here, but that's the way I feel). Last year we actually waited until January to have our day, & this year we conquered it in November. Being flexible during this time of year is key.
Another example of the "non-gift" gift is one that includes kiddos. My girls & I plan an evening every December to get together with a friend & her daughter for "Girls Night". We all go get manicures & have dinner together. Once again, we don't exchange any other gifts other than the gift of friendship (& pretty nails), but it's something we all look forward to doing every year! Of course the activity can be different to accommodate all ages involved.
So, amongst all the hustle & bustle of the season, perhaps you can start a new tradition this year with a friend or two? Don't you think that you'd both get so much more out of spending one-on-one time together vs. exchanging gift cards? Food for thought....