It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa
Still not finished with your Christmas shopping? Don’t panic. I got your back. I post this every year when I am thinking, oh no! I’m a last minute shopper, again. Are you like me and need a delicious or marvelous gift that doesn’t require a hefty rushed shipping charge? Then here’s some ideas that should help you out.
- Amazon Gft Card: Email or print out at home.
- Instant downloads for gamers: My boys have a perennial wish list at Steam.
- Wine. But what’s a good pick? Ask the store employees to select one out for you – they have never let me down. Popular wines include: Christmas Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot. If you feel like splurging, consider Ice Wine. I once held a bottle in my hand, ah, maybe some day.
- Fruit/gift basket: Dust off a nice wicker basket or pick up one from Goodwill. Line it with a new kitchen towel and fill it with a variety of fruit from the grocery store, or pick another theme – popcorn and accompaniments, fancy pasta/sauce, bread, and some italian cookies.
- Homemade coupon booklet: I still have a few coupons left from one I got a few years ago. Coupons could be for free hugs, lawn-mowing, babysitting service, car wash, breakfast in bed, home-cooked meal. Be sweet, don’t include an expiration date.
- Starbucks e-gift card: I give these often throughout the year when I am really in a pinch. Everyone loves to get one.
- Regal e-gift: Who can afford going to the movies? Keep in mind it’s $10 or more for one movie ticket.
- I-tunes/Apple: Can never get enough of these.
- Money – we all enjoy receiving cash. Don’t forget to tip special people like your mail and newspaper carriers, hair stylist, babysitter, dog sitter, music teacher.
- Homemade goodies – We make hot cross buns, decadent chocolate fudge sauce, or caramel corn to give away to neighbors and friends. I have made this recipe a dozen times and it is absolutely delicious and tops any caramel corn money can buy. It is amazing.
Above all, do not let the hunt for the right present take from your holiday joy. Rarely do people remember what they got or didn’t get the year before. In my house, we celebrate Christ’s birth and our joy comes from being together as a family. Embracing the faith, embracing each other, recognizing that we are blessed whether we have, or have not.
I’m still going to pick up a few more things, but even if the Grinch were to visit us during the night and steal all our presents and our LED pre-lit easy-assemble artificial tree, may I be found singing alongside Cindy and all of Whoville,
Welcome Christmas as we stand, heart to heart, and hand to hand.