The Gift Of Time
Christmas gifts are wonderful. I have focused on more than a few. Sometimes, however, the best gift you can ever give someone is yourself. Our days can become so hectic that we look up and realize that we haven’t seen our family and friends in a while. Rather than spending our money on an item, why not give the gift of time for Christmas.
No, this is not a cheap way out of buying a gift. It’s the Christmas gift sans the hassle. It is also a way to show that you care.
I touched on a couple of ideas before. All you need to do is make a few homemade coupons for them to redeem your time. In addition, add a small gift if you would like. I want to share some ideas on how to give your time as a gift:
- A coupon to go and have a Mani/Pedi with your friend or family member. It’s your treat – not just your time, but financially as well.
- A coupon to go to a yoga, spin cycle, or Zumba class. Working out alone is never fun. Why not have a workout buddy. Yes, it’s your treat. Maybe the next class he/she can pay.
- A coupon to go to a cooking class. Treat someone you love to a class held by one of the most popular chefs in town.
- A coupon to babysit the kids in your life. If you are an aunt or godmother, give the gift of spending time with your niece or nephew. All they want is your time. Make a weekend out of it.
- A coupon to have a massage. You and your friend should go and have massages. Your treat.
- A coupon to have a spa day. Nothing like spending a day at the spa. Your treat.
- A coupon to have a mother/daughter brunch. It’s on you.
- A coupon to spend time with dad. Whatever you both like to do together. Take him to get a steak somewhere. Go to a game with him or fishing – whatever you used to do together.
- A coupon to hang with your sibling (s) (one on one or together). Go to a restaurant or have a dinner outside of a holiday. If you only have one sibling, hang out like you used to before you grew up and started a family.
- An open coupon to redeem just for a visit or to do whatever that person wants to do.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Naturally if you extend an invitation to do something with you, you should be the one to pay.
Sometimes spending time and making memories is the best gift anyone can ask for. Those will last far longer than something that can bend, break or tear.