Avoiding Holidaze at the Holidays

Are you already stuck?  You just can’t figure out what to get that person on your list?  Maybe it’s a friend, co-worker, spouse, child?  You SHOULD know them, right?

How about this… instead of purchasing something made in China, or giving them ANOTHER sweater, try something to help the person on your list take care of themselves!  You can get him/her a gift certificate in ANY amount towards the SERVICE of his or her choice.  If they already receive any of these services, find out who they already use and are happy with, and go with THAT person. Here is a partial list, just to get you thinking in this direction:

  • Massage (for stress reduction, pain reduction, or relaxation)
  • Acupuncture (also for stress and pain reduction, and various health issues)
  • Haircut/color/style
  • Facial (men love these, but most never think of it)
  • Manicure/Pedicure (yes, men love these, too)
  • Body Wrap
  • Pilates pre-paid card
  • Yoga pre-paid card
  • Personal Trainer sessions
  • Nutritionist consult session
  • Personal Coach sessions
  • Oil Change (make sure to get it at a place that works for your friend’s car)

Maybe you can’t afford to pay for those, but you can offer services yourself to your friends and loved ones.  You likely have some skills, ability, talent, or time that you can offer someone.  Here are some ideas that you can use to make up your own gift certificates:

  • Babysitting
  • Lawn care/snow shoveling
  • Gardening
  • Pool care
  • Mr/Ms Fix-it
  • Music/Singing lessons
  • Housecleaning
  • Errand running
  • Cooking a meal or two
  • Dog walking
  • House Sitting
  • Computer assistance (for those who are computer illiterate)
  • Massage (Hey, you don’t need a License if it’s your friend!!)

I hope this helps get your mind thinking more creatively this holiday season!!  And remember, the presents you give someone else, are never as important as your presence.