If you still have people to buy for the week of Christmas, maybe it is time to consider a gift that involves a resource we all have (although in limited amounts)—our time. Here are some ideas.
- Get together with a friend or relative you’ve been meaning to see this year, or someone you used to see often, but have lost touch with. Invite them out for coffee or a meal—or to your home. Don’t just say, let’s get together…get your calendar out and set a date.
- Offer to take an older relative to see friends or loved ones they can’t easily visit.
- Take someone who may be troubled or depressed out to coffee. Then really listen if they want to talk about a problem they are facing.
- Offer to take nieces/nephews to Laser Tag (or other local entertainment) with one of their friends. This might also give their parents a few free hours.
The list is endless. All it takes is some thought on your part and a commitment to follow through.
If you want something to present, how about a gift coupon. I made these coupons in Microsft Word by choosing a clip art image that matched what the coupon will say, and then typing the phrase next to the picture. If you like, put the coupons into an envelope and decorate the envelope with hearts, mistletoe, et cetera.
-pointers by Peggy