Meaningful Gift Giving

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I can't believe it, but the holiday shopping season is upon us: I'm seeing holiday deals in my inbox already and it's barely November! A lot of you might agree that holiday gift giving has lost some of what made it special in the past. Growing up my family made it a priority to make a homemade gift for each other. However today there is a high expectation of material goods that many overzealously attempt to acquire with negative effects, google Walmart + Black Friday + injury for some of the worst examples of uncontrolled shopping.

However, despite negative news, there is something really special about getting together and giving loved ones gifts that have meaning. So before you get anything to just check someone off your to-do list, take a moment to model thoughtful giving for your children, family and community. Give them a gift that will last.

Mother and daughter baking cookies

Experiences create the memories that bond us. Consider taking loved ones on a local adventure, a music show, committing to an exercise routine or honing cooking skills together. Or even just setting up time for a special day with just the two of you. This can be inexpensive for your pocketbook, and rich in meaning.

Education is also a gift that lasts a lifetime. For youngsters in your life, how about a set of blocks that get their creative juices flowing, science experiments they can do with friends, or Peter and the Wolf, the Nutcracker and other classical pieces you loved as a child?

Whatever their passion as a young learner, stoke those coals. Your gift to them will not only last a lifetime, but positively influence their community!

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