The holiday season is the beginning of many wonderful things. From ample quality time with family and friends, to the opportunity for reflection on the past year and deciding who you want to be when the new year comes, this is truly a magical time. With all these seasonal blessings, we tend to put a lot of focus on giving gifts, too. Gift-giving can bring great happiness for both the givers and the receivers, but it can also cause unnecessary stress. If you are someone who gets overwhelmed by your holiday gifting list, we have the inspiration you need to reduce stress and start gifting with gratitude and intention.
Set Your Intention
Before you begin the gifting process, set your intention for the season. Ask yourself why you want to give gifts and what you want your recipients to feel. If you are giving gifts out of obligation, is there a way you can fix that through communication and evaluation of old traditions? Do you want your recipients to feel loved, inspired, creative, or give them a good laugh? When you take the time to set these intentions, you allow yourself time to ensure that you are gifting for the right reason and that the gifts you give will warm your heart and bring your recipients’ joy.
If you feel obligated to buy gifts for every single person in your life, we encourage you to set some boundaries this year. When you reduce the number of gifts you buy, you open yourself up to gift a select, special few with truly thoughtful gifts. This is the principle of quality over quantity, and we recommend applying this throughout your life for everything from what you wear to the things you eat.
One quick way to increase your seasonal stress is to overspend on gifts. When you lose sight of your finances around the holiday season, you set yourself up to start the new year off on a bad note. Avoid overspending by making a list of all the gifts you plan on buying and set a budget for each gift.
Who says gifts need to be bought in a store? If you have a tight budget for the year, handmade gifts are a great option that your friends and family will truly cherish. You can find countless ideas for handmade gifts online in articles like this one from The Spruce Crafts that includes ideas for everything from hand scrub to candles!
Finally, it’s time to find gratitude. Often, we separate gratitude and giving when they should really be connected. When you bring these two together, you remove selfishness from gift-giving and allow yourself to be grateful for your family and friends, and for the ability to give them something that will brighten their day.
When you start to gift thoughtfully, with intention and gratitude, you open yourself up to enjoy an even more magical holiday season. We invite you to browse our online Shoppe to discover our high-quality gift options that focus on self-care, relaxation, and becoming your most authentic self.