Do you really need any more stuff?
Christmas is not far away and so, if you're like us, you're starting to get sucked into the marketing hype that accompanies this season for giving.
The new luxury however is, believe it or not – time. More time, having time and giving time.
This could include time to yourself, time to share or time to learn.
In this age of material excess, where specialist businesses have grown up with the sole purpose of de-cluttering, we’re starting to realise that people don’t necessarily need any more ‘things’. What does tend to make our hearts sing, is a chance to make memories, expand our learning, and enjoy just being.
It’s no surprise that companies such as Etzy or hardtofind.com, specialise in gifts with a personal message, where bespoke treats have become the latest buzzword. Attributes such as authenticity, sustainability and tradition are strong contenders in the search for contentment or even happiness.
Here are some suggestions that hopefully will inspire you to treat the ones you love with something they might value and that won’t end up in the cupboard, the Vinnies collection or even the bin.
Christmas Cookies made with love
Take the time to make gifts. Homemade candles, a card, a renovated piece of old furniture, or a pot of brandy butter all make beautiful, personalised treats. They never fail to delight, with the ultimate compliment combining time and thought that went into their creation.
Enjoy the Ride
Experiences are always well received. They need not be expensive either.
A simple cooking class or a specially planned picnic can surprise someone, especially if they get to do it with you!
A Helping Hand
Services that make life easier often make the perfect gift.
A cleaner for a month or maybe someone to come and sort out the garden. Imagine how nice it would be to have a credit on the services of a handyman?
private yoga session
The gift of health is a nurturing way of showing someone you really care. Send them an hour’s massage, or perhaps a mindfulness course?
Maybe you have a friend who might appreciate a life coach session or even the expertise of a naturopath?
The Gift that Gives
You can never go wrong with a charitable contribution. Try giving the gift of saving a life or helping our planet.
For animal lovers, there are countless organisations that allow you to support endangered species or contribute to animal welfare.
These gift ideas all share something in common, "it's the thought that counts" - the old saying has never been more pertinent than right now.
Just decide on your budget, the time you are prepared to spend and those you love will be delighted with something that reflects personal thought and consideration.
Santa finally got it right!