The holidays are approaching and soon there will be lots of get-togethers with family and friends. Many of these celebrations may include gifts!

A friend tells us, “If I can’t wear it or eat it, I don’t want it!” 

When you choose to share “experiential” or consumable gifts, you create treasured memories at the same time. Spending time with family or friends is the best gift of all.

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

MOVIE NIGHT... The right movie makes this gift perfect for everyone on your list.

A FAMILY TREASURE... Give a gift that that has “heart-value” and share the story. It’s a great way to bring family history to life!

A WALK DOWN "MEMORY LANE"...  A visit to the “old” neighbourhood is a great gift for parents and/or grandparents. Do some research and include coffee or lunch at one of their favourite restaurants from the past.

OFFER TO BABYSIT... This gift is win-win! Your friends go on a date and you have a wonderful visit with their children.

MAKE IT and TAKE IT... Plan an afternoon of cookie making and when you’ve finished, invite neighbours and friends to stop by and sample the goodies.

Mmmmmm, GOOD... Share a special treat – chocolate, jam, wine -- that your friends don’t usually buy for themselves. Who knows… they may even share!

MAKE A DONATION to your friend’s favourite charity, in their name, of course.

DISCOVER A NEW SKILL... Register you and your friend for a special interest class or seminar. You will both learn something new and have fun doing it.

START A TRADITION... Gather a group of people together and discover a new place and/or activity. Why not make it an annual event?

GIVE. ENJOY. REPEAT... Buy the latest bestseller for you and six of your best friends. Plan to gather every month for a Book Club meeting.

Here's to giving and receiving gifts tied with heartstrings... Happy Holidays!

Karen Shinn

Karen Shinn

Downsizing Diva Co-Founder. Toronto East & North York

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