Do you consider yourself to be a giving person? Well, holidays are here, and many times we desire to do things for people that we aren’t in the position to give monetarily to during that time. Many times we get upset or have the holiday blues because we wish we could do more for others but we can’t. Which brings me to a response that I don’t feel is addressed enough…the word NO, CAN’T, or NOT AT THIS TIME. Are you comfortable with those words? Does it stress you or inflict uncomfortable emotions inside of you that you’d rather avoid? Below are some tips to get you through the holiday seasons so that you can avoid the negative perceptions you may feel others will have if you.
Let them know the truth. Acknowledge that you are limited on funds right now. I know this requires a lot of courage for someone that simply doesn’t want others to know they’re in the hole financially but it demonstrates that you trust them enough to share your concern with them.
Be giving of your time. Social media has become a lot of our new best friends. Many times friends go to social media before they call a friend of family member to even see who people are doing. It’s taking over people’s lives. Because it’s drastically changed the way people have face-to-face communication, it’s important to reach out to your loved ones with your time and do the fun things that won’t require money. My favorite inexpensive past time is game and movie nights. Be creative!
Do it yourself (DIY) gifts. Sometimes you can create a gift that can cost you nothing to make. If you go online, you can find several ideas to show someone you care without spending any cash. My favorite gift ideas are baked dishes, holiday cards, personalized music, and re-gifting/recycled gifts.
Remember that loved ones are going to be in your corner whether your gift was a perfect idea or not. Let’s be honest with ourselves; perfection is unattainable. Random acts of kindness beat out gifts any day when filled with thoughtfulness and love. People may not remember what you bought them, but they will remember how you made them feel. So get together with your family and have fun! Happy holidays!