As we move into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I wanted to share ideas on how we can think ‘outside the box’ when deciding on gifts for family and friends. It is so easy to get drawn into the chaos of the holiday, so I hope this post will provide you with a few ideas that you might want to consider.

One of the things that I have been thinking about is giving money instead of a gift to family members this year. Not because I don’t want to shop or know what to get, but I think my nieces and nephews would be better served with something to put in their bank accounts for the future instead of another toy. Most children get so many toys, they become oblivious to them. This year, I plan to give them something they/their parents can put in their bank accounts for their future. Those who can understand the importance of saving can take the money to the bank themselves and deposit the check. This will allow them to see how their money can grow when they put it in the bank.

I also have been seeing a number of articles recently that talk about finding ways to make memories vs. giving gifts. Think about taking your children, nieces, and nephews to an event that will allow you to make a memory with them that they will remember long after the holiday season. Take photos and save them so they can look back and remember the time you spent with them.

Another idea that I have read about recently is helping children learn about charity. Teaching kids about giving can be rewarding for both parents and children. Learning about giving and helping others gives kids a feeling of empowerment in an uncertain world where unexpected and sometimes frightening events happen every day.

I hope these ‘out of the box ideas’ get you thinking this holiday season. Let me know what you are doing to make the holidays a little more special for your loved ones. Put a note in the chat or email me directly!

Have fun!

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