A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS
If you’re looking for some thoughtful clutter-free Christmas gift ideas then look no further. I’ve compiled a list of things for everyone and there are even a few suggestions for those who dislike clutter but enjoy unwrapping a gift or two on Christmas morning!
The most important thing for me at Christmas is having a well-earned break, delicious food and spending time with my loved ones. I tend to only buy physical gifts for the children and for the adults, I suggest some kind of event or celebration – a trip to the theatre, afternoon tea, a spa day and so on.
To be honest, the idea of a day or night out is usually welcomed with an enthusiastic sigh of relief. It’s funny how we assume everyone desires shiny new things when most of us simply wish for some happy dates in the diary to look forward to!
CLUTTER-FREE GIFT IDEAS
MEMORIES – Tickets to a concert, ballet, comedy, talk, sporting event, theatre, cinema or local attraction.
LISTEN – An album to download, iTunes voucher or iPod.
READ – A digital magazine subscription, book token, eBook, Amazon voucher, Kindle or iPad.
LEARN – Classes, an e-course, private tuition, coaching or formal lessons.
PAMPER – Vouchers for a treatment, makeover, spa day/health club or retreat.
EAT – Vouchers for a restaurant, afternoon tea or food/wine tasting.
ESCAPE – A day out, weekend away or holiday.
ACTIVE – Vouchers for experiences, activities, adventures, sports or gym membership.
CONSUMABLES – Christmas hamper, chocolate, perfume, make-up, scented candle or bath products.
TREAT – A voucher for the recipient’s favourite brand/shop.
COMPASSION – A charity donation in the recipient’s name.
THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF YOUR TIME
I’d always choose memories over things and as a coach, I’m aware of what an honour it is to sit with someone and listen to their story. No distractions and no place to go, just my focused attention on them, their thoughts and their journey.
How often do we do this? How often do we give our time to someone – a friend, a relative, a lover and simply listen without distraction, without the television or radio, without the thought of what’s happening on our phones and without the pull of where we’re going to next.
This Christmas why not save the time you spend in shops or online, save the gift-wrap and clutter and give the gift of your time because I’m sure it’s the most precious thing you can give. To do this you could create a simple ‘I owe you’ with a suggestion of afternoon tea, dinner or something they might enjoy at a time and date of their choice. A joyful occasion to look forward to and to cherish in the coming year.
After years of giving gifts my sister and I now book a date to do something special together. Last year we went to a spa where we swam under a blue December sky in a heated outdoor pool and this year we’re going out to dinner. It’s lovely to create a bank of festive memories to treasure and to make time and space for one another.
Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I’m super excited to be taking bookings for 2018, so if you’re interested in working on anything from starting a business to exploring your work-life balance please head over to my coaching pages.
I hope you have a beautiful and inspiring day.