Holiday Gift Giving Tips

Holiday gift givingThis is the time we seriously start thinking about holiday gift giving.

If you’re anything like me, you look for economical, practical and meaningful gifts to give your family and friends on holidays and special occasions.

And with the gift giving season fast approaching, you too might be looking for gift giving ideas like the ones here.

Most of these ideas are affordable and can be ordered on-line or purchased locally.  Ordering on- line from reputable companies can save you tons of time and can be easy on your wallet.

When you are planning your holiday shopping, consider some of these inexpensive holiday gift giving ideas:

A gel pen for writing notes and cards. Everybody loses a pen once in a while and for those of us who write a lot, an extra pen is always appreciated. My favorite is a Pilot G2.  It’s available at most office supply stores and is reasonably priced.

Travel mug – For the coffee drinkers on your list, give them a personalized travel mug to hold their favorite hot or cold beverage.

Journals – There are many decorative journals available and a decorative or themed journal is a great way for your friends to start recording their thoughts.

Books – As much as I enjoy my Kindle, I still like to hold a book in my hands. Give the gift of reading to children and adults on your list. Or, if you’re feeling especially generous, give them a Kindle!

USB flash drives – A flash drive or USB drive is a convenient way to store photos, music or files. They are easy to carry and handy to have when you need to transfer or carry files.

Music – It’s easy to copy or burn CD’s on your computer. Give someone on your list a compilation of his or her favorites music.

Personalized picture frames – Frame a candid shot of you and your friends and give to them as a holiday gift.

Handmade gifts – If you have a special dessert or other goodies that everybody raves about, make it and share it at gift giving time.

Events – If there’s a popular play or new movie coming up, buy advance tickets and treat yourself and a friend to an outing that you both will enjoy.   

Gift certificates – Most stores, restaurants and personalized services offer gift certificates.  Consider major department stores, home improvements stores, restaurants, spas and beauty salons for gifts.

You can use these ideas for any occasion – not just for holiday gift giving.

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Happy shopping!


Create Memorable Holiday Moments

The past six weeks have been like a whirlwind that keeps gathering speed.

First, we had a major snowstorm the last week of October that knocked out power for over a week.  And before I could fully recoup from that, I found myself in the throes of preparing for Thanksgiving.

And, now Christmas is just a few days away!!!

Although, over the years I’ve found ways to cut down on all the hoopla of shopping, planning and cooking, I still sometimes find myself with more to do than I have energy or time for.

Have you ever felt like that?

Earlier I shared with you tips to make your holiday stress free. And, if you haven’t already gotten your audio of 30 Tips in 30 Minutes for Making Your Holidays Stress-Free, Budget-Friendly and Loaded with Remarkably Rewarding Memories, you can get it here:

Now, I want to share with you some of the things that work for me to ensure that I create memorable holiday moments even when I feel stressed and overwhelmed.   Only you know what will work best for you and your lifestyle. So use what I know for sure as your guide to create your own unique rituals, plans and memorable moments for your holiday celebrations.

What I know for sure:

  • The more you push yourself to do more and more, the less energy you will have to accomplish what’s important to you.
  • Nothing is cast in stone and you can always revise, omit or change any plans you’ve made.
  • Traditions, habits and rituals can be altered or recreated to best fit your present lifestyle and preferences.
  • You are totally in control of what you choose to do and give.

Holidays ought to be joyful times filled with memorable moments. And, when what you’re doing stressful, you’re missing out on the true meaning of celebration.

Wishing you a joyful, memorable, stress-free holiday!

Holiday Traditions, Rituals and Habits

Holiday Traditions, rituals and habits are staples of our American culture.  But just because your mom or grandmother always did things a certain way doesn’t mean you have to unless you really want to.

In my family, our holiday traditions are wide ranging. Pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving is as traditional as it gets but we’re not exactly the “pumpkin pie” kind of family.  We might have the traditional turkey at Thanksgiving or we might have something non traditional like lobster for dinner depending on our mood. We might open our presents or Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  We might invite guests for a sit down dinner or host an open house during the holidays.  Maybe, your holiday traditions in your family include y volunteering to serve food at a homeless shelter.

Just because your mother or grandmother always made a roast for the holiday dinner, you don’t have to carry on that tradition unless it’s something you enjoy doing and want to do it.

What traditions do you plan to include or create for your holiday celebrations?

Give yourself permission to create whatever memories are meaningful for you and your family.

You may even decide to skip the cooking, planning, shopping and cleaning altogether and spend the holidays somewhere you and your family can be pampered so you can concentrate on enjoying quality time together.

Whatever traditions, rituals or habits you engage in,  make sure you include some down time, fun and relaxation in your holiday plans. Share your holiday traditions with us.

Enjoy Your Holidays!!!

Who Else Wants to End The Year With a Bang?

Summer has hardly settled into Autumn and already  I’m starting to see Holiday advertisements long before I’m ready to even think about shopping, cooking, entertaining and decorating.  Maybe it’s just me, but everything seems rushed and the weeks just seem to fly by.

I still have a lot to accomplish before year end and maybe you do too.  And no matter how much  you plan and organize, you are still adding to your to-do-list.

I don’t know about you but with a little less than 3 months left before a new year begins, I have many miles to go before I sleep!

So, who else wants to end the year with a bang?

I sure do.

And, here are some tips to give you a head start to end the year with a bang:

  • Review your goals – Review the things you want to accomplish and If necessary, make adjustments to the goals you sent at the beginning on the year. Focus only on those goals that you can realistically achieve before the end of the year.
  • Create an action plan – An action plan is not your to do list! An action plan clearly details each step you will take to reach your goal. For example, you may want to finish your book before the end of year.  So your plan would be to write 1-2 pages a day for an hour every day.
  • Stay committed – If you are not committed to following your plan, you can easily be derailed by busy-ness, procrastination and intrusions.
  • Get some rest – It’s difficult to follow your plan when you are overtired and frustrated. Don’t burn the candle at both ends or you will surely burnout and not have the energy to follow through.
  • Organize – Clutter can easily cause you to be distracted and overwhelmed.  Make sure your workspace is free of clutter so that you remain focused and clear.

As you approach the end of the year, keep in mind that it’s not too late to accomplish what you set out to do in January.  Revise, review and reinvent how you want the last few months of the year to look. I’ll be doing the same and I would love for you to connect with me to share your progress.

Gladys M. Anderson Empowerment Specialist

Certified Life Coach, Family therapist and Group Coaching Specialist, Gladys M. Anderson, helps nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and other care-giving women to set limits so they have more time, more joy and more energy for self-care. To get tips, start living out loud with more enthusiasm, energy, passion, and self-confidence join us in the Self Care Circle.