If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent way more than you expected on gifts this Christmas and you’re wondering how that happened. I get it! For me, gifts are a huge part of how I show others that I care about them and Christmas is the best time of the year to do that!
But if you’re not much of a gift giver or you prefer quality time with people over gifts, consider these alternative gift ideas that will help you connect this season! I’ve listed some ideas of things you can do with friends and for yourself to make this Christmas season extra memorable.
- Laugh a Lot: Do something this Christmas that gets you laughing because laughter is contagious. Try a DIY paint night, or a Christmas Cookie bake off, or my personal favourite: Christmas Karaoke! You all know I love listening to music and singing along to music! If my jam comes on, I can’t help but sing! Singing your heart out to some fun songs or enjoying a bottle of wine and laughing at your painting skills is a great way to be goofy and let go of any stress you might be holding on to.
- Practice Relaxation Techniques. The holidays are a busy time but that doesn’t mean you can’t take care of yourself at the same time. Be sure to make moments for yourself in the busy season. If that means sneaking away to a quiet space in the house or just reflecting in gratitude for a moment each day, you can practice mindfulness exercises anywhere. For some mindfulness inspiration, check out this list here of helpful tips that I found so useful.
- Ask Meaningful Questions: One of the best ways to connect with someone else is to ask meaningful questions that get them thinking. Try connecting with your family by asking questions that matter. Ask them what they are most grateful for, what the best part of the past year was and how they’ve changed this year. You might be surprised by their answers but it will also help you understand them better!
- Pay it Forward: This Christmas season, look for someone who could use an extra Christmas blessing and find a way to meet their need. Be kind to someone and find ways to do random acts of kindness to others. If you’re looking for some ideas of how to pay it forward, you can check out my Million Dollar Monday Episode from this week which gives a whole bunch of ideas for sharing kindness!
At the end of the Christmas season I would love to hear about all the ways in which you were able to make this Christmas the best one you’ve had! Post something in the comments to let me know what your plans are, or you can even email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
I love the holidays and I hope yours are the best one’s yet!