Tired of being told to shop, shop, shop and spend, spend, spend if you want to feel worthy? Sick of seeing the word “SALE” when, if you do your homework, it is not a sale but a clever gimmick? Hate crowds? Here are some gifts that are not gimmicks, treasures that are rare finds, and wonderful things that will make you feel good.
Smell yummy! Nashville’s Thistle Farms offers smelling-good body & home products, all natural, handmade, and 100% of proceeds go to a very worthy cause. You can shop online and the products are far better quality than you will find in any store. Prices are very reasonable. I found one candle lasted months and perfumed over 1,000 sq. ft. of home (two big hounds included)! Read about the birth of Thistle Farms and it’s partner, Magdalene House.
Learn Something! Vol State Community College is not just conveniently located, but they offer classes at various locations throughout the Nashville area. Education is the greatest gift of all. This community college offers classes for local businesses and for the community, to include Workforce Development Courses, Photography, Equine Training, and Personal Development. Classes are reasonably priced and say much more than another sweater or personalized berry spoon.
Get outta here! Subscribe to Groupon.com or Livingsocial.com and receive incredible discounts on weekend getaways to fab-u-loso vacation spots. For example, a two-night stay with all the perks at a mountain resort & spa for two goes for $139.00 a night (54% discount). Shop carefully, read the entire ad before purchase, but what a great deal when you find it. Groupon offers amazing guarantees. Both sites offer all kinds of classes, from guns to painting to wine tasting (sometimes combining both). There are amazing gifts on every page!
Go Hollywood! If you have a computer program like QuickTime Player and Movie HD (on Mac), then it is time to get creative. There are also free programs for PCs to assist you. Gather together those family photos, get some good, period music from various times, or favored music the family loved, and put it all together. Make a slide show featuring your pictures, adding the music and a few special effects. The only cost will be your time and effort; this is much more fun than standing in a long line of shoppers or duking it out over the last whateveryacallit. On the holiday, everyone settle it with coffee, cider, and snacks and watch the video to relive their lives. You will laugh, cry, sing along, and say, “I did NOT wear that!” Present everyone with their own copy and a sincere, handwritten note about what they mean to you and what they have taught you. Make it special. Now, that is the true meaning of the season.
Be safe over the holidays. And give us all a gift: do not drink and drive.
Pssst! My book is a good gift, too; 100% of proceeds help stop poaching of animals!
Credit: photo of Judith Yates