Simple Living: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

“The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christmas is just two days away and for some of us, holiday shopping has only begun. If you’re rushing to get your gift shopping done, I’m sure it’s your fault. But don’t worry. I’ve got some ideas that will get you out of your sorry predicament and make you a legend. Here are some things that, at the very least, someone like I would most likely appreciate.

A personal note. How about writing a personal note of encouragement? We often quip that “it’s the thought that counts.” Well, why not put some of those thoughts on paper? It sure beats giving another face towel. Please, no more face towels.

Acts of kindness. We often say that an act of kindness goes a long way. So why not do some acts of kindness for family and friends instead of just buying stuff? For some fun, turn acts of kindness into coupons which your family and/or friends can redeem at a certain point in time. Here are some examples:

 “Help me move my stuff.”
“Drive me around for an afternoon.”
“You got the kids tonight.” (Husbands, I’m sure your wives will love this.)
“Cook, clean, and everything in between.”
“Babysit the kids for an evening.” (This is great for friends who have small kids and may be in dire need of a night off.)

Be ready to make good on some of these promises (within reason, of course). Additionally, keep reminding them that they have coupons to redeem and that you’d love to serve them in this way. And of course, feel free to do these acts of kindness even without a coupon.

Give experiences. If you must buy something, why not give people experiences? Material things will eventually decay and lose their luster. But experiences translate into memories that people will have with them for a lifetime. Ideas include buying them a tour of the city (you’d be surprised at how many people don’t know much about their own city), a trip to a museum, or a fun adventure somewhere.

Give ‘em Jesus. Last but not the least, don’t forget to give ‘em Jesus. Ultimately, Christmas is all about a God who decided to live among us. And through His birth, death, and resurrection, those who believe in Him have eternal life. Give Jesus to somebody who doesn’t know who He is. And at the end of the day, that’s the most important gift you could ever give.

Well, I hope this helps with your last-minute gift-giving. Go get ‘em, champ.

P.S. In honor of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I will not be posting on Friday, Dec. 25. Posts will resume on Monday, Dec. 28. Merry Christmas to you and your family.