It’s finally that time of year when the autumn chill, the prospect of show, and family feasts come together into a true celebration of love and closeness. Every year, so many of us vow to come up with unique presents for our loved ones, to dazzle them, but also to express our deepest emotions through these little tokens of gratitude. Precisely this blend of feelings and holiday cheer makes the season a perfect one to embark on a new gift-giving journey and be more mindful when you pick your presents.
Imbue your gifts with meaning, emotion, and authenticity, and you can be rest assured every family member will not only appreciate the gesture, but also fully sense its primary, emotional value. Let’s see how you can avoid the Black Friday mindless chaos and truly embrace the mindful approach to exchanging presents this year!
No need to hurry
Being mindful is above all being fully in the now, experiencing the moment and the people you share it with. When you take the time to get to know the people you care about, you also make a commitment to put not just money, but that thought and awareness into their gifts. We all know that some presents come with a symbolic price tag, and yet they are invaluable: from making your mom her favourite muffins, all the way to those drawings our kids make and devote to us.
To show respect and understanding to those you share these holidays with, it’s key to take their interests, preferences, and needs into consideration. Plus, being mindful of their holiday gifts also means to plan for the effort of shopping or your DIY project, because leaving it for the last minute sends an entirely different message. Think of every day as a potential holiday, and if you come across a perfect tee for your cousin or you manage to get concert tickets well in advance, they can sit in that lovely gift wrap paper until the season ensues!
Focus on experience
Most of us who live in well-developed societies have our basic material needs covered. While a cheesy Christmas sweater never gets old, you might want to consider getting them something less material, and more on the experience spectrum of gifts. Simply put, let their passions guide you towards an experience they would appreciate. Maybe you can invest in dance lessons for your parents, an annual gym membership, tickets to a special event, or singing lessons.
If your closest friends are new parents and they never get a chance to spend some time alone, you can book a sitter or offer to take care of their little bundle of joy so that they can go out to a fancy meal or a spa. The fact that you cannot wrap them and put them under a tree doesn’t make them poor gifts for the holidays, quite the contrary.
Make it personal
Although every gift we’ve suggested thus far already involves a high level of personalization, you can go a step further and have something custom-made for your friends and relatives. When you put some thought into your choice, personalized Christmas gifts can evoke some of your fondest memories, and serve its purpose at the same time.
From designing your own comic for a Marvel fan to tell the story of your friendship, Christmas tree decorations, to quirky socks and other wearables, customized presents are a brilliant way to commemorate your bond in a unique, mindful way. Sometimes the simplest gifts are the ones that leave the most powerful impressions.
Celebrate your bond
Birthdays are not the only excuse to splurge on being creative! In fact, since families tend to gather in great numbers during the holiday season, this is a perfect opportunity to have everyone participating in making this gift. For example, you can ask all family members to make copies of the photos they have of, for example, your mom; thus, collect all of her memories and create a perfect blend of her life in the form of a storytelling album.
Make a difference
In the spirit of the season, your gift doesn’t have to be a gift per se. If you know your family is going to enjoy a lavish feast in the next few months, and you know that everyone is financially secure, why not make a donation in their name? Or, better yet, you can organize a charity fund and collect all the money you’d spend on presents to give away during the holiday season, together with clothes, toys, and books you no longer need.
Perhaps this is the year you choose to embrace the mindful approach in order to truly enjoy the holiday cheer. After all, this season is not about the gifts, but the people and the love that brings us together.