Christmas gift ideas . . . we all need them!
Well, if you’re lacking creative ideas, I’ve got ten to share. And the best part is, they’re all free!
- A smile
There are millions who suffer from depression and loneliness, especially this time of year. While interacting with folks this holiday season, pay special attention to those around you. A genuine smile is often the best way to say Merry Christmas, and to brighten someone’s say. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” (Mother Teresa).
For example: offering to load an elderly persons’ shopping cart at the grocery store, taking a meal to someone who’s feeling under the weather, or helping to pull someone up from a difficult place. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” (Audrey Hepburn).
Share uplifting words with someone who is feeling anxious, insecure, fearful, or worried about the future. “Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24).
Offer forgiveness to all, recognizing that God has forgiven us first, even when we were so undeserving. “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4: 19). “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you” (Lewis B. Swedes).
Create a personal connection by making a beautiful card or letter with your heartfelt, handwritten words. You could also draw/sketch/color something in the card. Take your time, make it special. You can even wrap your letter and place it under the tree. It will surely make someone smile! Calling someone that you can’t see for Christmas is also a wonderful and very personal gift. I know how special it is when my family calls me over the holidays, and I hear their voice. Is there someone in another State or country that would love to hear from you? There are free calling App’s, for example, What’s App. Enjoy special moments together over the phone!
Find out what someone may need organized, and offer to help. Maybe your mom or dad needs the closet, kitchen, garage, or attic sorted. They’ll be relieved to have someone to help them declutter and lighten their load.
The gift of time is incredibly versatile! Here are some ideas: take a walk with that special someone; listen to a friend over a cup of tea; throw hoops, play football, or play any other game your kids enjoy; have a Christmas theme tea party; bake Christmas cookies together . . . “Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it . . . Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time” (Rick Warren).
Christmas is all about love, God’s love for us, and our love for one another. Find ways to let someone know how much they mean to you. Tell them you love, value, and accept them. Demonstrate it in word and deed. If you’re struggling to accept or love someone, ask God to help you. “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance” (Brian Tracy). “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
This one always makes me smile. I offered coupons to my parents. My children offered them to me. What talents or services can you offer to someone special? i.e. babysitting, washing dishes, mowing the yard, walking the dog, breakfast in bed. Design your own coupon book, or find free printable Christmas coupons online. (Image: blank Christmas coupon book, etsy shop).
Offering your heart (mind, will, emotions) to God is the greatest gift of all! “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). God has already given us so much, by sending Jesus to wash away our sins, and restore our relationship with God. Our gift to him is to love him in return, to give him thanks, and to live for his glory!
May you have peace with God, peace in your home, and peace in your heart. Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes for 2020!
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