December 2019

A little goes a long way with high-impact gifts

(NC) Finding the perfect gift during the holidays for everyone on your list is tough. But with a little creative, out-of-the-box thinking, you can choose meaningful presents that still fit in your budget. Here are some ideas:

Quality time. This idea is a twist on the popular “experiences, not things” gift-giving trend. Great for parents, grandparents or even your kids, it involves sharing an experience with someone you’ve been meaning to spend more time with. Whether it’s a luxurious weekend getaway with your spouse or an evening out with grandma to catch a play at the community theatre, find a way to create memories.

Giving back. Sometimes the most symbolic present you can give someone is supporting an important cause in their name. A great idea for those who love kids is choosing a gift from Canadian Feed The Children’s Best.Gift.Ever catalogue. More than a monetary contribution, you can pick a gift like a school uniform, library books or breakfast for a child for a month, to help support children who need it most.

Memory mementoes. A lovely way to show someone how much their relationship means to you is with a token that commemorates a special occasion or time shared together. For example, a nice collage frame with photos of great memories throughout the year is something they can use to decorate their home and make them smile as they pass it. Another idea is a coupon for a favourite home-cooked meal you can enjoy together in January, once the holiday hustle and bustle is over.

Handmade items. An item that takes time and effort to make with your own two hands is always meaningful, and it doesn’t have to be hard. Check out online videos and tutorials to make useful gifts like a knitted sweater or homemade soap; you can even get the kids involved to decorate a tree ornament or flowerpot. Baking a treat is another great homemade gift – try vegan cookies to show the vegan in your life you care about their beliefs.   

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