Charitable giving at Christmas is usually a sidenote, but companies such as Tearfund and The Good Registry have taken things to the next level. You can now gift a donation. It may not sound extravagant or personal, but through these companies, you can choose what type of charitable donation you’d like to gift.
A chicken, an emergency meal, a coffee plant, and even newborn care are a few of the gifts my family will open on Christmas morning.
But instead of the actual present (there’ll be no loose chickens causing havoc), they’ll receive a card explaining a donation has been made in their honour, and feel the good vibes of giving back to our local and global communities. Meanwhile, a village in need will receive help.
A particularly perfect option for the grandparents, gifting time and skills is one of my favourite ways to exchange gifts on Christmas day.
My brother, a surprisingly good masseuse, has given my mum a 20-minute massage voucher every Christmas for as long as I can remember. My sister and I frequently gift my mum a song: all she wants is to hear us sing together.
Create a voucher for mowing someone’s lawns, weeding their garden, or depending on your expertise, offer to help them with a project. I promise it will work a treat.
We have the chance to tell our friends and family why we love them every single day.
Usually, we only take that chance on their birthday, if that. After the usual ‘Merry Christmas’ message written boldly in the card to take up as much room as possible, write what you love about that person. Explain why you love having them in your life, and why you think they’re a great asset to the world.
Words can mean more to someone than you realise, and surprising them with a heartfelt message, may be the thing that makes their Christmas.
With our cluttered minds and growing to-do lists, the last thing we need in our lives is more junk to gather dust and maneuverer. Give without gifting, consider how the person will best feel loved and don’t give in to the flashing ‘SALE’ signs that urge you to buy your mum yet another scented candle and bathrobe.
Gifts don’t have to be physical; they can be a kiss on the cheek or a smile and a speech. This Christmas, get creative.