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31 Days to Healthier Holidays - December 4

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Today's hint: Simplify your gift list

To cut down the stress of those long gift lists, Spark suggests drawing names, or donating money in the names of gift recipients..

Over the years, as our family has grown, and more and more "little ones" have joined us, our lists have exploded. So we have decided that the last thing any of our little ones need are more $10-$15 todays for Christmas, that we would stop the gift giving amongst the kids in our extended families..(we're talking 2nd and 3rd cousins here, who in many cases are as close as siblings..). So I am one step ahead in that regard of cutting down the shopping list.

I have also become a big catalog shopper. I take my list, sit down with a catalog, and knock off multiple presents in an hour, without leaving the house, and wait for the gifts to come to me, baby..

I have decided that the whimsical gift is okay. Like I have one person on my list who is a single woman who has everything. She's exceedingly difficult to buy for, because she goes out and buys what she wants when she wants it.. But she loves the Red Sox, so this year, when I was sitting down with that catalog, I found a Red Sox pennant jigsaw puzzle..but I have no idea how she feels about jigsaw puzzles. A year ago, I would have tried to figure out the answer to that question, but this year, I bought it.. Whimsical?? You bet.. But I thought, if someone bought me a jigsaw puzzle, even if I don't do them all the time, I'd sit and do it and would likely enjoy it. I also am going to buy some puzzle glue or something like that (I know they have it, I just have to find it) that will keep the puzzle together and allow her to display it..

One final example of how we have simplified our list is with respect to people we work with. Both my husband and I manage small offices, and each have 5 people in the office that we wish to express our thanks to for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.. Each year, finding nice gifts for not a lot of money has become more of a chore.. So we just buy them Target Gift Cards, and I will add a little package of cookies from my holiday baking with each gift.. Who can't use a Target Gift Card, especially at this time of year??

My list is still long, but these little tricks have made them easier and faster to get names checked off.. Easier means less stress, for me, less stress means less eating!! Voila!
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  • OMELYN
    Well, this is very practical... We are trying to pare down the spending this year... so I got rmy mom and sisters a themal bag .. was getting anew one for myself when they were on sale. I 've used so much it leaks now.(acts as a cooler or keeps caseroles warm) ... at any rate, I'll make an apron to go with it and voila.

    Kids love gift cards... picky tweens and teens get exactly what they want and even the little guys feel like they have a credit card of their own. My only problem, I do not ENJOY GIVING gift cards...

    I just love getting "the right thing" for people I love.
    have pared the rest down

    3617 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    I REALLY like this one... I used to suffer agonies over getting the right gift... and then get frustrated when I STILL had to return stuff for different sizes, etc. We also have a huge family... 6 brothers and sisters and 24 nieces and nephews. It was out of hand and it seemed that everyone already had all they needed and then some.

    The last two years, instead of gifts for everyone, we take the money we would have spent on our nears adn dears and we purchase things for those truly 'in need' in their name. Nobody misses the excess, and we all feel better about the world we are helping to create.

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
    Ramona
    3618 days ago
  • GIRLINMOTION
    I used to hate 'gift cards', I would think what was the thought put into it. But now, I know they come in every size, colour, and don' t need batteries, LOL. So you don't have to return them if it doesn't fit, or right colour.
    3618 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    These are great tips! Have a great Saturday!
    3618 days ago
  • ROX525
    Thank you for the tips!
    3618 days ago
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