This is the time of year we all start giving gifts to celebrate our love for each other. I know that this can add stress to your life instead of fun and joy, so I wanted to send you a little list of ideas that are a little bit out of the box.
Here are 9 “uncommon” suggestions for you; the first is the one I have opted for in years past. Would you dare to try it?
Nine Mischievious Gift Ideas
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- Do not buy gifts at all. Take friends and family out for lunch, dinner or happy hour to spend time catching up and relaxing. Another option, if you love to cook or bake, is to invite loved ones over for a yummy meal, an afternoon or evening drink and sweet treat.
- Buy experiences. Treat your loved ones to an experience they will love and never forget. Really spoil them by taking them to their favorite place or event, or get really out of the box and surprise everyone with something new and fun – take them on an adventure. Some suggestions: A new theater production, a weekend away, or a new sports game (something they have never been to before, maybe the roller derby (my favorite!) or something even stranger like toe boxing!?!?!
- Create a volunteering party. Pick a charity that you love to work with or one your friends and family donate to and set up a volunteer party. Spend time with your loved ones doing something good for others. I have done this for my birthday in years past – I loved volunteering with the local food bank so I decided to do it for my birthday and invite friends to join me. We had a great time sorting food, getting some exercise and then grabbing a vegan meal together to enjoy the feeling that you get after hours of hard work done for the benefit of others.
- Have simple, easy fun with a game. Get old skool and creative! This is a great way to be in the box and out of the box at the same time. Want to stay a little more mainstream? Try “Apples to Apples”. If you haven’t tried Apples to Apples yet, I highly recommend it. Good family fun. If you are looking for a more adult version of the game, give my favorite card game a try, Cards Against Humanity. It is hilarious and is guaranteed to provide you with insight into how your friends’ minds work (the good, the bad and the ugly!). This makes a great gift or party game. If you or your friend already have a box, try one of their expansion boxes or you can make your own deck by downloading the PDF from their website.
- Journal: An annual thing done with style. You want to give something thoughtful to someone who likes to journal or writes a lot of to-do lists. Have you heard of the new best way to journal and keep track of everything? The Bullet Journal. You can create your own with any notebook (this is how I got started) or you can get the official book. Surprise a friend with a new way of getting organized. There are tons of free resources online about how to set up and get the most out of your bullet journal. Go on an adventure and explore this whole new productive world.
- Giving the gift of gratitude. Not only does giving this journal express your gratitude for the recipient but it will help your friend feel more grateful and mindful all year round. The 5 Minute Journal is a fantastic way to start and end your day on a positive note. I have used one of these too and it really makes a huge difference in your day when you think about what you are grateful for – spread the gratitude over the year instead of just at the holidays.
- Go DIY. Like to give crafty gifts? Like to have a project to make with a loved one? This one will be fun to make and fun to use. I love pinhole photography and have always wanted to make my own, so I found some resources to make your own camera and develop your own photos. This is a unique way to bring creativity into your gift giving. The videos are from the UK, but if that drives you crazy there are tons more on YouTube. Learn to make your own pinhole camera and then learn how to develop your photos. Don’t know what a pinhole camera is, check out this video on pinhole photography.
- Being normal. You want to give a gift in the normal way, but want to have a little bit of fun with it. Try something from this website, Uncommon Goods. Just checking out their catalog is fun! I love the idea around it – a B-corp that sells uncommon goods from creative people in a sustainable way.
- Pajama Exchange Party. A fun way to celebrate winter is to do a PJ exchange. Buy fun, colorful, and creative pajamas for the whole family. Everyone gets in on the fun. Maybe try a funny flapjack onesie or pajama footies. This is something I just heard of. My husband and I might give it a try this year since it is actually cold enough in Canada for pajamas now that the first snow has fallen. Don’t forget to have a hot cocoa or apple cider party in your fun PJs!
Email me at flyhigh[at]melcoaching.com if you want more ideas on how to live outside of your comfort zone.
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