So it’s Black Friday today (which somehow ended up in Canada even though our Thanksgiving is in October). I know there are a lot of people that are shopping for gifts today and wanted to highlight a few things around gifting.
- First and foremost is how much can you actually afford. Are you going in debt to give gifts? Consider how the receiver would feel if they know that. I know for me, I would much prefer my loved ones time as opposed to them being stressed over debt for the holiday (or immediately after). Give yourself the gift of being debt free this holiday season.
- What does this person actually need in their lives? I don’t mean this to sound like you need to always be practical when gifting. Sometimes, a person needs self-care more than anything else in the world. Many consider giving a massage gift certificate to be cliche or too easy, but what if this is exactly what the person needs? Often we want to give things, but more often, people have all the things they need and then some. We’re in a society that has too many things to overcompensate for a feeling of lack in some area of our lives. So think about the person you’re giving to and ask yourself what they really need. Use your intuition.
- Plan in advance. Make a budget, maybe limits set with friends and family so there’s no feeling of inadequacy between you (btw, going over limits because you just want to often leads the receiver feeling like they haven’t done enough- if you set a limit stick to it! I’ve been in this situation, I have been poor. Trust me, it doesn’t;t feel good). Know what you’re buying in advance so that you don’t shop impulsively and just grab the first thing you see.
- Give a gift to someone in need. Here is Halifax, we have the shoebox project which gives a shoebox filled with gifts to a woman living in a shelter. I’ve been participating in this for the past few years. Of course, there are a lot of toy drives as well. Give to the group that makes the most sense to you. Why? Because it doesn’t have to be costly but it fills you with Christmas spirit <3
With that all said, if you are struggling to think of a gift for a person on your list, consider some items that may help their health. We can all use a bit of tweaking whether it be something around physical, mental or emotional health. Here are a few ideas:
The Fitbit (which is on sale today at Amazon):
A cool water bottle for hydration:
A good read:
A great diffuser:
And, of course, I have all my own products too ; ) Check them out, all natural and fabulous (at least I think so!)
Happy shopping everyone!