Yippee! Who doesn’t love the holidays!?
I know I do but, and that’s a big BUT, I can’t help but get frustrated each year when commercialism explodes all over my life for an entire 2 or 3 months. This past Friday of the black varietay was the “biggest” in history or some bull-honkey statistic like that. Are we not in economic downfall? I am so dumbfounded by the people who squander every penny to go out (at 3 am no less) and buy something 20% off so that someone they care about can open it on Christmas Day. Taking time to focus on why the holidays are important takes more than a short prayer before dinner or giving a few dollars to The Salvation Army at your grocery store. P.S. I might be a bad person but those bells set me off, man.
So, I came up with three ideas in case you were struggling to think of thoughtful and inexpensive gifts this season. I’m going to go for a couple of them myself for sure.
Kiva is an amazing micro-finance non-profit organization that focuses on alleviating poverty through loans from YOU starting at as little as $25. My mom bought us all credits a couple of years ago and I thought it was so cool! I have loaned and been repaid three times now. You don’t technically have to put the money back into the organization, but I think if you don’t, you might a butthole. Personally, I like everything about Kiva but it is just one option of many. If you find a charity or organization closer to your heart, that’ll do just beautifully.
A few years ago when I became a full fledged adult I immediately felt the pressure to buy thoughtful, moderately priced gifts for all the important people in my life. Shortly thereafter I decided this would just not play. So I made up a new rule. Basically, if you can’t eat it, drink it, or burn it (candles, people!), it likely isn’t a holiday gift from me. I had solid intentions of making my own Sherry wine this year but I got too busy. Womp womp. I am determined to do this next year so if you like Sherry, be nice to this girl. The boy was all about trying this but not everyone we know has a fireplace so I vetoed it. I do think it is super cool though even if we just do it for ourselves.
Anyway, I like the idea of giving a gift that can be used up and actually enjoyed. It won’t sit around your house collecting dust or worse, re-gifted. The boy and I are making cookies and hot cocoa baskets this year. That might sound lame but it’s gonna be slammin’. I’ll show you soon enough.
I hope you found these helpful. Merry Holidaytimes, peeps!