There are two important things that nearly everyone could use more of (even those people who seem to have everything): time and health. It may be tough to wrap time itself in a box with a big red bow, but there are plenty of ways to give your loved ones what we all need most. Take a few minutes to think about what you love about each of your friends and family. What activities do you enjoy most together? What do you wish you had more time for? Can you turn that wish into a gift of time? How about a game of golf with your uncle, or an afternoon fishing with your niece and nephew? Can you offer to babysit so your friends can have an evening out? Or even offer to drive your sister's kids to their after-school activities one afternoon so she can have a few hours of quiet. Invite that cousin you are too busy to see for a few hours of tea and cookies and a laugh over an old picture album!
Sometimes even these great ideas get left behind after the bustle of the holiday, so look ahead into your schedule and put two or three actual dates and times that work for you on your gift invitation. This way you have made an appointment you are more likely to keep, rather than putting another wish on your “someday” list. Not only do these gifts provide an opportunity for time with your favorite people (or the people you would like to know better) but they save you time...time shopping, time wrapping, and time returning gifts you really didn't want. (And, if you really want your loved ones to be opening something Christmas morning, go ahead and wrap your invitation in a nice big box, it's always good for a laugh!)
Giving the gift of health can also take many forms, and provides an opportunity for your busy brother to take time out for some self care. Give a gift certificate to your favorite massage therapist or spa for some relaxation and stress relief. Pay ahead for an appointment with a chiropractor or an acupuncturist for a full workup, or pay for a visit to your favorite naturopathic physician for holistic attention or a wellness visit and an opportunity to start the New Year off healthy! At Ray of Light Healing and Campanella Chiropractic and Wellness we have all of the above for one-stop shopping (and we promise we are not the mall!) And don't forget to schedule a massage for yourself to unwind after all your holiday celebrations!