For most folks the holidays are a blur of things to do, gifts to buy and events to attend. It’s easy to become detached from the spirit of the season when you’re ordering gifts off of someone’s wish list with the tap of a finger. Stop going through the motions and really connect with others by putting a bit of yourself in everything you do this holiday season.
Unplug From Email and Social
Put away the tech. Instead of liking your friends’ photos, do a craft project or a puzzle with the folks you’re with in real life. Screen time is an escape for most of us but it can become a crutch during the holidays. If deleting your Instagram app is too much to bear, set aside a short period of time each day to get your social fix. When the time is up, put the phone away and find a way to connect with your family and friends.
Focus on Those in Need
Put down your shopping list of wants and think about those who need this season. If you’re not sure where to start, see our list of requests from local homeless shelters. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by those with far less.
Make a vow that this holiday season your gifts will be handmade. If you’re not the crafty kind, shop handmade from small business owners. Krrb sellers like Elana Taubman hand craft a variety of great gift items including wooden wall hangings, cutting boards and fashion accessories like bowties. See more handmade and handpicked gifts in the Krrb holiday gift guide.
Practice the Art of Furoshiki
Furoshiki refers to the process of using and reusing a piece of fabric to wrap around goods. Taking the time to hand wrap a gift demonstrates your appreciation for the gift recipient. It’s also nice to share these techniques with others because its less harmful to the environment.
Express Your Feelings
Sure, a mass text wishing your friends Happy Thanksgiving gets the job done. However if you can carve out 10 or 15 minutes, write a note thanking someone, it will mean the world to the receipent. It’s not often we share our gratitude so make it count.