A Guide to Gift Giving with Purpose
Skylar Wooden and Katie Butler
December 05, 2016
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Gift giving has become 70% obligation and 30% genuine thoughtfulness. The later into December we get, the more we think “I have to get them something.” Not a specific well-thought-out gift, but something. It’s easy to forget we’re buying gifts because we love the person we’re buying for.
If a last minute trip to the mall—arms full of socks—feels familiar, you might want to reevaluate your gift strategy. Finding a meaningful gift can be enjoyable. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to steal.
Things can break or get old or lost. The same can’t be said for experiences. Tickets to plays, concerts, and museums can be such meaningful gifts for a close friend or family member. The memory of that experience is something that will never tarnish.
2. Handmade Crafts
When budget is a factor, homemade gifts are not only low cost, but personal. Pinterest is full of ideas for DIY presents. No matter your skill level, you can find a craft idea that you and your loved one will love. Check out our favorites here!
3. Holiday Charity Events
Someone who is difficult to buy for can really throw a wrench into your thoughtful gift-giving plan. If you find yourself in this situation, consider donating in their name. To make it a bit more personal, choose a charity that supports an issue they’re particularly passionate about.
A book is the gift of knowledge, entertainment, and so much more. We love fiction, but our latest obsession is creative non-fiction. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Bossypants by Tina Fey: In this witty account of her life and career, Fey teaches us important lessons she learned along the way. She’s as funny as she is wise.
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg: An uplifting eye-opener, this book is just what you need to fuel your motivation. Her message isn’t only for women—Sandberg gives men pointers on how to further gender equality for the working women in their lives.
- Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: The Amy Poehler you know and love really brings her personality here. She opens up to readers about her triumphs over personal and professional boundaries. We couldn’t get enough.
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington: These authors are on a mission to help you rewire your brain and think about goals differently. We highly recommend its guidance and the worksheets included to help you plan your own 12-week year.
- The Energy Bus 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by John Sutherland: This self-improvement book takes a positive approach to mundane everyday life. Sutherland teaches you 10 rules to create a positive vision and culture of energy.
We hope we helped you set your gift giving anxiety aside! Revel in the Christmas spirit now that you’ve made progress on your gift list. Look for our next post about approaching your first job as a stepping stone. Did we miss any of your favorite gifts to give?
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