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Holiday Gift Ideas That Show You Care

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

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