I don’t know about you, but lately every store I walk into is playing holiday music of some sort. And while the sounds of the season initially bring a smile to my face, it’s quickly followed by a feeling of dread as I think of all the gifts I need to organize. In other years my budget for gifts might be a bit larger, but this year has been a tough one for many of us. With that in mind, I’ve decided to compile a list of ideas that allow you to give meaningful gifts, while also keeping to a comfortable budget.
Maybe you are a nail technician or an accountant or fluent in a second language. Maybe you are a skilled carpenter or are a yoga teacher. Whatever it may be, you have skills that you might be able to offer as a gift. Now, if you’re a nail tech trying to give a gift to your nephew who could care less about pretty nails, that might not quite pan out. However, you may be able to to trade your services for someone else’s services or products. For example, my chiropractor recently asked if my husband, a horse trainer, would ride a couple of his young horses in exchange for a few free chiropractic visits for me. It’s a circular method of trade, but one where everyone gets something desirable without spending a single dollar. Partaking in exchanges like this has the added bonus of building community, too.
Often when we hear of experiences we think of massages or trips or other expensive things. But an experience can be as low cost as you make it to be. Give a new mom a day to do what she pleases as you watch the kid(s); Give your significant other a beautiful nature-filled date of snowshoeing to an overlook where you can boil some water and make a couple hot-toddies over lunch; Give your mother the gift of a deep clean of the fridge she so dreads cleaning every spring.
The fact of the matter is that things break or get lost or go out of fashion. Memories, however, always remain. An experience can therefore be more meaningful in addition to more budget-friendly.
Remember how cool it used to be to receive a mixtape from a friend / significant other? They’d compile songs that held meaning for both of you, sprinkle in some new “hope you like it” songs, and order the tape in a way that each track flowed nicely into the next. These tapes (and later, CD’s) were a staple of relationships for so many of us growing up. So reinvigorate the practice by building a playlist for a special someone. Honestly, it takes much more time and energy than just buying a gift, which shows the extra meaning. And they can use it on a daily basis for a source of joy.
If you want a little creative challenge, you might even create a special cocktail (complete with a creative name) in honor of a special person in your life. Try to match flavors with their personality and give the drink a name that represents an inside joke or shared memory. This can be a fun way to give a gift that they can always recreate.
There are so many ways to show the people in your life that you care about them. Although our society heavily focuses on purchased gifts during this time of year, that’s more a showing of capitalistic values than interrelational ones. There can be no price tag put on your value of another person, so why not think outside of the (gift)box this holiday season?
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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