Thanks to Sol Alpaca for sponsoring this post.
Remember when you were little and you were dying to know what you were getting for Christmas? You shook your presents (you did shake them, right? I’m not the only shaker? Or squeezer?) And you tried desperately to figure out what was in them.
Somehow, in getting older, we lose that. If there’s something we need, we budget and buy it during the year. There’s rarely a thing we’re dying for, the way we did when we were kids. And so grown-ups can be hard to buy for.
Here are a few tips for giving meaningful presents to those you love:
-Give something you made
Knit a blanket, sew something, have the kids make pinecone angels — there are so many possibilities for making things for people. I know we like to laugh at the Pinterest ideal of perfect crafts that never look the same when we try them, but the reality is — Pinterest has made it easy to find ideas for making just about anything. Complicated things, or very simple things. It’s always meaningful to get something handmade.
-Give a small luxury
When my husband and I decided I would quit my job to stay home with our kids, a lot of little luxuries went out the door. Starbucks runs, froofy bath gels and lotions, fancy hot chocolate. I always look forward to getting things like that at Christmas — I can stretch a $10 Starbucks gift card for a long time!
Movie tickets, zoo memberships, a gift card to dine out — all things a family on a tight budget can’t do often, especially when you add in the cost of hiring a sitter. Suddenly your entire evening is at least twice as expensive, so it’s great to save on part of the night. And experiences like memberships to zoos or museums are gifts families can enjoy all year long.
-Give services (okay, babysitting. Give free babysitting.)
See above. Babysitting is expensive. I’d love for someone to offer free babysitting for the night!
-Give unique presents
One year, it seems like my entire family was bit by the travel bug at once. I got gifts that Christmas from Greece, Nepal, Italy, and Morocco. I didn’t go to any of these places, but I loved seeing what people chose for me, and it made me feel special to know they were all over the world, and thought of me.
Sol Alpaca has some beautiful, unique clothing that would make a wonderful present like that.
Sol Alpaca is a chain of stores in Peru, and a few other South American cities, but their clothes and accessories are now available online. The scarf shown here was sent to me from Peru, and was made from baby alpaca. It’s beautiful, and vibrant, and so so silky-smooth feeling.
Thanks for my scarf, little buddies!
The Sol Alpaca online store is open now, and offers products made with the best alpaca and vicuña fibers that only experts in warmth can provide. Their products are warm…and beautiful. Just beautiful.
And Sol Alpaca is offering one lucky winner 30% off their purchase online. Just visit Sol Alpaca’s site, come back here and leave a link to your favorite product in the comments, and you could win 30% off your purchase.
Me, wearing my scarf on a chilly day downtown. Why does Downtown Laura look so angry? Probably parking issues.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own.
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