Last Minute Holiday Gifts
If you’re like me, you may have about a week to go and you’re wondering what to do for your family or special customers for gifts? We started a long time in advance with our cute little Holiday Gift Guide for customers, but I still come down to the wire and I now have no gifts under my Christmas tree.
One problem may be that I buy Christmas presents through the year. Marie Forleo’s B-School was a big gift I gave this year. Then, there’s the gift of travel, that’s as much for me (if not more) than for them. I gave my mom the gift of Netflix. So, my problem may be that I don’t wait for Christmas and I just need to think “thoughtful” and get some little meaningful gifts and/or the gifts of forgiveness and time.
I’m not the queen of presents, but because of what I do every day, there is a vast assortment of clever and inexpensive gifts at my fingertips.
My gifts this year will be very inexpensive and most thoughtful.
So, with that in mind, I’ve made my list and I’m going shopping through our own special Holiday Market. You can join me if you’d like.
Founder, The Health Coach Group
Making a List
Make your list and brainstorm, just like a client clarity exercise. What are they going through right now and what may alleviate some of that pain, add to the pleasure, or just enrich their lives?
Mother-in-law – 95, a little lonesome, but loves her privacy. Doesn’t want any more junk in the house and has a lot of time on her hands. Can’t hear well and won’t buy hearing aids.
Granddaughter – 13, just starting to go out with friends unsupervised. A good girl and very active.
Customer – 50, she’s been with you a long time and making great progress with you and you want to thank for her referrals and loyalty.
Virtual Assistant – 35, hard worker, eats healthy and is frugal.
You’ll have a lot more on your list, but this gives you an idea.
I Just Saw Harry Connick, Jr. in my Bed!
- sleep tracker
- extra sheets
- (haven’t tried the rest so I can’t say for sure)
A 44 card deck and guidebook that will guide you to ‘Raise Your External Energy’ through Feng Shui with your angels. I think my daughter would love this!
If you are looking for a unique gift for someone who currently dabbles or shows an interest in Herbs or Aromatherapy, this is the perfect opportunity for them to expand on that.
Made With Love
- 1 cup dark cocoa
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
Put in little pouch with bow. Add directions: Use in plant milk heated. Add sweetness to taste and a shot of espresso.
RECIPE: A small jar, a bow, Epson Salts and a few drops of essential oils
Little packets of Cayenne, Ginger, and Garlic, preblended for cooking.
- pumpkin seeds
- soaked/dehydrated walnuts
- raw cashews
- dried apricots
- raw almonds
- shredded coconut (unsweetened)
Put in a simple mason jar.
Gifts of Time
Walk the dog for your elderly neighbors. It will make you happy, the dog ecstatic and the neighbor feel loved.
Visit the nursing home with shelter pets. Or take elderly, or ill to the shelter to visit and read to dogs and cats.
Gifts of Time and Money
Do the technicalities of business stop you? This is the perfect gift for you or a friend. You don’t have to learn how to create a website, logo, business cards, letterheads, or brochures and you don’t need to cry (or swear) at your computer trying to figure out layouts or how to add the site to your hosting service. Forget the headaches and get your website up and running quickly and smoothly now.
Books for Gifts
I’m giving this planner a shot this year. It’s expensive, but so far I’ve not stuck with one since Franklin Covey. I’m hoping this will level me up.
Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World. I sometimes read this daily. Kent wrote 10 principles that Mother Teresa picked up on and help me personally to live a happier and more productive life.
They were key chains with buttons that you push that make a huge amount of noise. I thought they’d be perfect because she’s just started going to football games and the mall with her friends. I was so proud of them. She took one look at them and then looked at me horrified – “NO, just NO Grandma, NO, ……Grandpa, please tell her NO, Grandma wants me to give rape whistles to all my friends for Christmas.”
Well, I’m still laughing, it really sounded bad from her side of the gift-giving view. So, the moral of that story is to give it some thought, give it more thought with empathy and then ask.
Share your ideas and funny gifting stories below. I hope you have the happiest holiday ever.
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