Shopping for Less Can mean More

The best gifts cannot be bought. Image courtesy of One Love for Chi.

The best gifts cannot be bought. Image courtesy of One Love for Chi.

During the holiday season, as you hustle through stores to find that perfect gift, perhaps you should take a moment to look at your list again and remember what Christmas is all about.

Communicating

Instead of buying those video games and other electronic goodies, how about buying a board game that compels your loved ones to interact with other humans? The Walking Dead (rated #1 show), is a big favorite for many. The trivia game for the show is available several places for under $10, but their human interactions while they’ll be playing is priceless.

Human interaction is key to empathy and doctors are suggesting that families learn to “unplug” for such health benefits as lowering blood pressures. With the rise of electronic device use, the National Institute of Technology has statistical data suggesting the importance of unplugging and separating work interactions and home.

Giving the Gift that Makes Memories

If a trivia game isn’t your family or friend’s forte, how about other things that feed their soul? Five Below offers meditation mats, arts and crafts kits (besides the gazillion other neat hobby items that help a creative mind thrive – all under $5.

You Don’t Have to Go Broke

Meaningful items don’t have to cost a lot. Care baskets made up of your loved one’s favorite baked treats, homemade liqueurs, or other supplies can keep your budget in check.

If you’re stumped for ideas, simple check out Pinterest, or look up “gifts to make” in a search engine. Because it is not how much you spend – but how much love and consideration went into your gift. Happy Holidays!

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About thewritegirlforthejob

During college, I began my writing career as a reporter for a newspaper. After graduating with honors in 2004, I continued my journalism and public relations education at Barry University and Empire State College(graduating with a BA). As a freelance writer, I have over 100+ published works and have had the honor of authoring the commissioned book, History Restored. Since starting my writing career, I've edited more books for authors rather than complete my own - since work comes first before I have the pleasure to write. I've been very lucky to be given the gift of having a very supportive family that has allowed me to share my passion of creating and writing and can already see my youngest wanting a page of her own soon.
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