Finding the right present for everyone on your Christmas list can be overwhelming. It gets even harder when you are trying to live a more thoughtful and meaningful life with a minimalist approach. In a season of abundance and extravagance, how can you show your friends and family members how much they mean to you? Here are some ideas to infuse some meaningful gifts into your holiday season.
Instead of buying them a premade gift, you can buy them a kit for them to make their own artwork or craft. Learning a new hobby or practicing an established one shows them that you are thinking about them and know their interests.
You can find kits that range from knitting, macrame, embroidery, brewing beer and drying flowers for a wreath. There are so many options, so you are sure to be able to find something to fit your friend’s personality.
Giving a gift that helps you both remember a good memory together is a great way to be thoughtful and deepen your relationship. You can make a photo book of the good memories you have with them. Creating them online will even allow you to write your own captions or talk about the memory right in the book. A bracelet with a personalized nomination link that is symbolic of a memory or feeling is also something that will keep your friendship at the forefront of their mind throughout their day.
Instead of giving an item, you can give an experience. Experiences create more memories that you can share together, or it can be something they enjoy doing by themselves. There are many ways you can give the gift of an experience to your friend. You can sign them up for a cooking class or a membership for a cooking and ingredient subscription.
If cooking is not their thing, then you may want to consider supporting them in their ongoing education by giving them a membership to an online educational platform. There are classes ranging from the arts to business that translate to college credit or certification.
A membership to a museum, botanical garden, or art gallery is also a great way to show a friend that you care. They can enjoy the gift all year long and some memberships can be used at various institutions where they live.
You can also give them the gift of a monthly subscription box instead of a gift. A monthly book subscription is perfect for a friend who loves to read. It can give them suggestions based on their past interests and open them up to books they may not have discovered on their own.
A subscription box for a monthly night of pampering is also a great way to give your friend some extra love. Most of us are not as good as we should be about self-care, so giving the gift of an excuse to take care of themselves is a great way to help them feel loved and refreshed.