The season of giving is in full swing. Many look forward to giving and receiving gifts from friends and relatives. If you are anything like me it also brings a lot of pressure and anxiety. We want to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. We tend overthink it and strive to find something meaningful, special – perfect.
This is my holiday shopping strategy – I think about each person individually and go through my checklist of questions:
- Did they have anything significant happen during the last year?
- What were their highs and lows?
- Have they recently mentioned something they want or need?
- Do they have a cause they are passionate about?
- What does their daily routine look like?
These questions help me determine a perfect gift and not just a Target run to pick up ten coffee mugs, fill them with candy canes and hot cocoa then head home to celebrate my completion of holiday shopping. If you use a checklist like mine and still find yourself struggling to pick out the perfect present, here are some ideas that show you care.
Make a donation to a charity
Do you have someone on your list that volunteers for a specific charity or feels strongly about a cause? Have they or someone close them been fighting a health condition like cancer or Alzheimer’s? You can make a donation to a charity in their name. This is a great gift that shows you are thinking about them and want to support their passions.
Start or contribute to a 529 college savings plan
If you want to make an impact on a child’s life without succumbing to their wish list of all the newest and hottest toys, consider providing cash for a