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inexpensive Christmas gift ideas

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Some people worry a great deal over gift giving. I understand the wish to please another person. But if you both truly care for each other, then any gift with some thought applied beforehand is welcomed and cherished. Looking for inexpensive Christmas gift ideas is something I do year round. If you have not completed your gift lift for Christmas, here are some inexpensive gift ideas that need little if any shopping.

  1. inexpensive Christmas gift ideasA hand-made card. If you are like me, artistically challenged, get help. Use card printing software and then you can dress it up with some ribbon, wrapping, paper, glitter, etc.
  2. Give a coupon for a warm oil massage. Make sure you have an oil you both like and then see #1 for making a coupon.
  3. Give thanks. Yes, really. Make a list of things that you are thankful for about the other person. Type it, hand write or farm it out to Fivrr.com. Make the list, dress it up, wrap it and give it. If you think this is cheesy, stop for a minute and think how you would feel if someone gave you a heartfelt list of things they are thankful for about you.
  4. A simple home-cooked meal (and clean-up.) If your significant other does most of the cooking, surprise them a home-cooked meal and an evening of relaxation. If you think you can’t cook, email me and I can help walk you through the basics.
  5. Check out the picture of the gum balls. You can do the same thing with M&Ms, Hershey’s Kisses, Jelly Belly jelly beans, etc.

Check out WooHome for some more great ideas or the YouTube video by TheSorryGirls.

Give more gifts like this and less of the kind that cost a lot of money. Gifts that have little thought or personal touch lack the spirit of gratitude. If more people gave gifts in a gracious frame of mind then the world would be a better place. At least I like to think so. What are your thoughts on inexpensive Christmas gift ideas?

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Christmas Update Weekend Coffee Share

Christmas Update

If we were having coffee, I say wow, we are well into December. Where has the year gone? I would offer you a hot steamy beverage of your choice and tell you that we have been busy this year. Moving, jobs, moving again, other jobs. Hopefully we are settled for a while.  Well maybe settled isn’t the correct term. We are mostly unpacked. Yes, most of the stuff left is mine. My lovely wife is very efficient at packing and unpacking. Me? not so much. Thus begins the Christmas update.

Weekend Coffee Share Christmas Update

Weekend Coffee Share You can sleep when you’re dead.

I would ask how your week has been and what new and interesting things you have seen or learned? It is always interesting to hear what others thoughts are. Everyone perceives things differently. Perception is especially challenging across cultural boundaries.

Gratitude is something easily crosses cultural boundaries. I write a lot about gratitude. I get the impression that a lot of people either do not have gratitude or just don’t know how to properly express it. It’s not that hard. It can start with a simple thank you. Be happy with you have. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for what you have. If you can’t be happy now, what makes you think more of anything will make you happy. Gratitude and happiness are choices.  What is your choice?

I hope your week is ending well and that you are safe, warm, happy and grateful. Often we focus on what don’t have or where we want to be and lose sight of the many great things we have in our lives. Appreciate the path you travel for it is uniquely yours.

Don’t forget to stop by Parttime Monster and check out the linky with the other Weekend Coffee Sharers. It is a diverse and entertaining group. You might even want to write your own coffee share post and join the fun.

Please share your thoughts, updates, wants, needs, things for which you are grateful etc. We love to hear from you.

Gratitude is the parent of all character virtues

Christmas Gratitude

Christmas Gratitude

state capitils and christmas compassion

Grateful to be able to travel

As a sat thinking about what to put in my Christmas letter, I thought about all the great times I had throughout the year with my wonderful wife and Christmas Gratitude popped into my head. I asked myself, “What am I grateful for?”  The fun and interesting places we have visited and the great people we have met. Traveling to a few more state capitols on our bucket list quest to visit all 50 together (27 out of 50). Some really amazing experiences like transiting the Panama Canal and hiking up to Sun Gate at Machu Pichu. I also thought about some friends who are having a rough time. Whether it is health, finances or some other issue, it make you grateful for what you have. So I thought about having a little Christmas gratitude.

While gratitude is important every day, I think especially around the holidays it is even more important. A little Christmas gratitude can go a long way. Not only do you feel better, but I believe that those around you feel better too. Being grateful seems to be a lost art to some. Sadly more of my American friends seem less gracious and grateful than those from other countries. Is this due to the media and our consumption society fueled by a steady diet of commercials and vanity TV? Maybe. That being said, all of my friends do express gratitude, some just do it better/more often that others.

Take a moment and write (yes, with a pen or pencil) a list of some things for which you are grateful. Need a little help? Do you have food? Do you have a place to live? Do you have friends? Can you read this? Can you write? Do you have water? Is there a park, lake, mountains, walking trail, etc nearby? Do you have music in your life (yes the radio counts)?

Stop looking at what you don’t have and show a little gratitude for the many wonderful and simple things that you do have. You might be surprised at how a little Christmas gratitude can not only change your day, but affect everyone around you too.

How do you show Christmas Gratitude?

Goodbye Mom

Continuing the 3words xmas challenge (25/25)

Today’s 3words are:  Miracle, Past, Present

This was the first restful night in a while. A true miracle. Reminiscing about the past few days bring a wry smile to my face. It’s been a chore going through all the boxes, made all the harder for the need to do it. Grandma’s been gone for many years, but the memories are still strong. Now, Mom is gone. The dawning light is bright on the freshly fallen snow. An almost blinding wake up that pulls me back to the present. It’s a beautiful day. One that makes me smile, but with a tear in my eye. and say, “Goodbye mom.”