Here are 5 alternatives you can think about as you complete your holiday gift giving and organize or participate in events:
1. Take an “occupational” perspective
Consider planning an outing or a festive event such as a gingerbread decorating session in lieu of gifts. Since structured time use is a predictor of mental health, this may have more benefits than you realize!
2. Go thrifting
Why does a gift need to be new? Check out your local thrift store for some alternative gifting options.
3. Give the gift of a strategy
Why not take some time this holiday season to impart a piece of knowledge you have learned from one of your healthcare providers? The gift of your time and knowledge can be invaluable to others.
4. Practice loving kindness
What better time of year is there to share genuine positive thoughts? Loving kindness is a mindfulness/meditation strategy in which a list of positive and genuine mantras are repeated and focused upon. Try sharing in this with a loved one by writing genuine positive thoughts about each other in lieu of traditional gifts.
5. Consider your skills and talents
Close friends and family love to share in what is unique to us. Consider sharing a gift of yours, such as a hand painted drawing or home cooked meal this holiday season.
We hope these strategies assist in supporting you from a financial and psychological perspective this holiday season.