I wish you all a peaceful and happy holiday, and, when the stress of hustle and bustle subsides, the time and energy to savor all the special moments, as you love, and be loved.
When we exchange gifts, we share ourselves – our time, our energy, our money, and our love. When we make our gifts, we give the best gift ever – our talent, expressed in a homemade card or cookies, cooking Christmas dinner, or building a snowman on the lawn.
We reflect back on Christmases past, and look forward to the New Year, but the best time in our lives is now.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Alice Morse Earle
As you exchange gifts this holiday season, enjoy some quiet time to celebrate the gift of today.
This year I am simplifying my Christmas gift shopping list and buying PRACTICAL gifts. These are the tools that the people on my list will use every day to help them feel or look better, be safe, comfortable, happier, healthier, inspired, warmer, cleaner, well groomed, organized, dryer, relaxed, entertained, and developed. This is an all-ages list of Christmas gifts that are helpful, safe, fun and healthy.
On-line surveys show that when people were asked what some of the favorite gifts they received were, they were practical items. They said at first they thought they were frankly, a little dull. When they first opened them, they thought they were a bit mundane, but, years later, they were still using the gift, and remembering the thoughtfulness of the giver.
Some gifts that Topped the list of favorite Practical Christmas Gifts were: vacuum cleaners, mini vacuum cleaners, frying pans, knife sets, cordless drills and Cuisinart machines. I can see why Canadian Tire is such a zoo before the holidays.
Practical Christmas gifts get used for years
My Dog Rocko received his favorite sweater for a Christmas gift
You can always sprinkle whimsical gifts in between the practical, such as a pair of eyelashes for your daughter’s car headlights, but do consider going practical. All these gifts can be purchased in a one stop, big box or department store, and you won’t be on a goose chase until Christmas Eve, sitting in traffic, waiting in multiple lines, or battling for a parking spot.
You can even stock up on some of these items, and place them in a gift closet so they are handy if you want to give a gift to the newspaper carrier, the letter carrier or school playground supervisor.
Favorite Practical Household or Family Gifts:
Honey, or assorted jam basket
Tea basket – herbal teas, mugs, honey, spoons
Water filtration pitcher or water purifier
Grocery store gift card
Smoke detectors with batteries
Dish cloths/ tea towels/ oven mitts
Favorite Practical Personal Gifts:
Money Clip (With money)
Re-usable Water bottle
Books- inspirational books (such as from Hay House Publishing)
Roadside Emergency Kit
First Aid Kit
Spa gift certificate
Comb and brush set
Classic Style Sunglasses
Steel comb – never needs replacing
While it may take a while for these timeless practical gifts to become favorite gifts, these are the gifts that keep on giving, and won’t end up being sold in your friend’s next garage sale.
photo credits: Morguefile & Ann Hoy
I love Christmas, but I sometimes find all the preparations a little overwhelming. I can understand how people dread the holidays if they’re not ready. I feel that this week is the perfect time to prepare, not too early, not too late. The lady that lives behind me put up her Christmas tree two weeks ago!
Getting ready for dinners and parties at Christmas
So, With a little over a month to go before Christmas, for this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to get ready for it early, so I reduce the stress that comes with leaving it to the last minute.
Get Ready for Christmas
Here’s my plan:
– Get the decorations out of the attic, sort through them and decide what to use this year
– Put up Christmas lights
– Decide on a holiday budget for gifts and food
– Make a gift list, and buy what I can now
– Write out Christmas cards so they’re ready to send in early December
– Clean out the fridge and freezer to prepare for storing all the extra food over the holidays
– Set up a gift wrapping and card writing center in the corner of the kitchen by the window
– Go through my closet and get my clothes ready for attending parties and gatherings
– Stock up on household staples such as dishwash detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, batteries, bread, napkins and beverages.
Getting Outdoor Christmas Decorations ready
By getting organized now, I will feel better when the crunch hits in December, and can avoid waiting in some long line-ups at stores, or searching for a parking spot. I will let you know how it goes next week.
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