Unique ways to spread holiday cheer

One downside to the holiday season can be the crowds. If you are looking to avoid the chaos of holiday shopping, consider these creative gift ideas so that you can enjoy the holidays and avoid the stores.

Bring back the IOU

How do you shop for the person who has everything? You don’t! Instead of buying a physical gift, consider putting the focus on spending time together and on new experiences. A great way to do this is to create a personalized IOU coupon book. Make coupons that include his or her favorite activities like exploring a new part of town, playing a sport, or cooking and baking at home. Coupons can be used right away or be cashed in whenever he or she is ready for some fun. The beauty of this gift is its recognition of your relationship.

Pay it forward

Do you have a loved one who has a passion for a specific cause or charity organization? Make a donation or volunteer your time on his or her behalf to support the causes that are most meaningful to this person. Especially for those who wish they had more time to give back, making a donation in their name can help them feel more connected to the ideals that most matter to them.

Treat someone to a subscription

The possibilities with a subscription gift are nearly endless, and the best part is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to purchase one. If you have someone on your list who loves movies and music, consider buying him or her a subscription to a video-streaming website or internet radio. For an avid reader, a book, newspaper, or magazine subscription may be a great option. And if you know your loved one is looking to join a gym, purchase his or her membership for a certain period of time. This gift truly keeps on giving.

Get crafty

Even if you have a great gift idea in mind, consider making the gift yourself. With online resources like Pintrest.com, you won’t have to go far to think of and create imaginative and thoughtful handmade gifts. Possible ideas include a photo calendar, bookshelf, birdhouse, or picture collage. The thoughtfulness of your gift is likely to be even more meaningful than anything you could have purchased. Plus, you will have given something that is truly one of a kind.

Discover how less can be more this holiday season by giving one of these alternative gifts.

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