Holiday Survival Tip #3: Simplify Gift-Giving

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NEW Weekly series on how to stress less and thrive more this holiday season. No matter how you celebrate, there seems to always be an additional stress component this time of year. Getting together with family, work parties, and having house guests, are all situations that come with their own challenges. Continuing this new weekly series to take us through the New Year and offer tips to move through the season seamlessly.

𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐢𝐩 #𝟑: 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐲 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭-𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠. Sometimes we get bogged down with the weight of our own expectations over gift giving at the holidays. We care about someone so much and must get them the “perfect” gift, or you feel like you haven’t gotten them “enough” gifts. Or maybe you begin to remember all the folks you *should* be buying gifts for--from the PTA president to the mail carrier—and the money and scope of that starts to spin you on the stress wheel. Here are some ways to simplify the gift-giving process this year:

🌟Talk with your friends and family about scaling back or finding an alternate way to celebrate. Especially if you find that a lot of your extended family are exchanging gifts, or you have older or college-aged kids, a name exchange or experience gift might be a great and simpler option.

🌟Gift for kids only. You get the experience of watching the joy on the children’s faces and simplify the process and your budget all at one time.

🌟Give the gift of time. Helping a neighbor with their yard or housework, offering respite to a caregiver or a night out to your niece and her husband so they can have a date night are wonderful ways to show you care. There are many ways to offer thoughtful, beautiful gifts that do not come with a price tag.

🌟Shop local. You may very well find one store locally can knock off several gifts on your list and they might offer gift-wrapping at a low price. This can be an easy and supportive alternative to buying all your gifts online.