Holiday Greetings to All…

It’s that time of the year again…and, depending on which holidays you celebrate and how you celebrate them, some of you may be caught in that unhappy feeling of not having gotten gifts for everyone on your list, and not knowing what to do about it.

I thought I would therefore share a few of our posts from past years that will give people in such a dilemma some ideas about how to give thoughtful gifts, hopefully ones that also do not clutter, and do not involve rushing off to overcrowded stores in these last few days of preparations. If you click on this link from a year ago, you will find links to other helpful posts from previous years as well.

It does seem that increasingly, people are finding ways to give gifts that are more thoughtful, more ecological, less commercial–and gifts that (importantly for the readers of this blog) most of all do not simply add to the overwhelming clutter in our homes. You’ll find a variety of thoughts, suggestions, and ways to do that in the above link.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, holiday season, and all best wishes for the New Year!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher. She is coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home and author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You

 

 

 

Caught at the last minute without a gift? No, you’re not!

Trees-of-the-Adirondacks-Eastern-Hemlock-28-July-2012-5A few days before Christmas is often a time when people are thrown into a panic, whether it’s because they are just prone to procrastination, or simply because there’s someone they’ve forgotten to get a gift for, and now what?! 

Everyone knows that a few days before Christmas is a TERRIBLE time to go to a store and try to find gifts. I myself decided quite a few years ago, when I found myself in the Macy’s at Herald Square in New York a few days before Christmas, looking helplessly about for things to buy for others, that I was going to have to find a way to avoid repeating the experience, or I was going to begin to hate Christmas.

And since Christmas is one of my very favorite holidays, I certainly didn’t want to do that.

So. If you’re caught in this situation, or a similar one, why not consider finding a way to show your love and/or appreciation of those people on your list that you haven’t “covered” yet?

In recent years we’ve made lots of suggestions on this blog about ways to give gifts that are thoughtful, and that don’t add to the clutter in a home. For example, tickets to arts or sporting events; homemade cookies or other holiday treats; or sometimes just promises to do favors for those we love, or plan some special time together.

Here are a few of our past posts that offer ideas about holiday gift-giving that won’t break the bank, stress you out, or add to the clutter in the homes of your friends and family. Hopefully you will find some ideas here, and relief from that panicky feeling of having nothing to give at the last minute.

Gift-Giving for Minimalists & Downsizers

Gifts That Have Meaning

Holiday Preparations for Downsizers & Minimalists: Tips for Gift-Giving & More

A New Year’s Reflection on Gift-Giving

‘Tis the Season to Give…with Gifts That Make a Difference

And for anyone who’s already thinking ahead to the post-holiday cleanup, here are some ideas for how to deal with that.

Dealing with Holiday Aftermath: An Ecological Approach 

Happy Holidays, everyone! Wishing you and your family and friends all good things, now and in the New Year!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor, writing coach, travel blogger, and coauthor of  Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.

 

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