It’s December and time to get those holiday gifts sorted. It’s tempting to look at the laundry list of people on your list, thrown caution to the wind and just get it done; no matter the cost. Before the shopping starts in earnest consider our tips for mindful Christmas giving and make these holidays merry!
- Look at your gift list, audit, edit and then set a realistic budget for each gift. You don’t want to end up with a new year’s credit card hangover; get real about what you can afford and who you really need to buy for.
- Once you’ve set your budget stick to it! There’ll always be reasons to spend “just a little bit more” but adjust your budget accordingly.
- Think about each person you’re buying for and come up with a list of meaningful gift ideas. Being mindful isn’t about how much the gift costs, or buying something for the sake of it. It’s about the meaning behind the gift. Don’t over complicate the process though; give with a grateful heart and no expectation.
- Research, research, research! Look at your gift list and then keep your eyes open for discounts or sales.
- Withdraw the cash you need for gift buying. Put it in one place, use the cash for the items on your list and only pay in cash. Collect your receipts and put them in the same place. It makes returns easy but also helps you keep track of where you’ve spent your money.
- No matter when you start shopping keep a list of what you’ve bought, who you’ve bought it for, and where you are planning on hiding it. Early planning is fantastic unless you double up on your purchases.
- Put yourself on the list but try not to get carried away by the spirit of giving and buy more for yourself than you planned.
- Plan your shopping trip, take your list, and try to get it all done in one day.
Make it yourself
- Food makes a great gift – cookies, Christmas bark.
- Bath and pamper gifts – bath salts, scrubs, lip balm.
- Artwork, embroidery, wool craft, decorations.
- Holiday gift in a mason jar.
- Create a calendar.
- Try a book exchange.
- Create a recipe book using copies of recipes you love. A printing service can bind them up and make them look like a book.
- Don’t have time to up-cycle yourself? Check out Etsy for some affordable options.
- Re-gift new items that you won’t use and the receiver will love.
Practical gift vouchers
- Coffee cards loaded with credit.
- Uber vouchers.
- Netflix vouchers.
- A gift voucher to your favourite restaurant.
- Give the gift of an experience.
Give the gift of you and your time
- Spend time with someone you love.
- Take them for a coffee or go for a walk together.
- Offer to babysit.
- Take the dog for a walk.
- Clean the house.
- Make a meal.
Thoughtful and practical
- Give a donation to a favourite charity on behalf of the recipient.
- Create a meal box filled a recipe and the ingredients to make it.
- Give something for the home – candles, flowers, indoor plants are always a good idea.
- Give a vege-pod for the budding green thumb. They can grow veges, herbs, flowers and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
- Keep cups, reusable produce or grocery bags, or homemade wax wraps.
- Create a photo book or gift a meaningful photo in a beautiful frame
- Don’t forget to buy local when you can – check out markets in your area or those small gift shops often tucked away in a suburb near you.
No matter what you decide to give this Christmas the most important tip is to stop, remember its true meaning and approach the season with thanks and love. Happy holidays!