35 Gifting “moments”


Here are some great ideas to gift to kids and families.

  1. Donate to an animal sanctuary or sponsor an animal. 
  2. Gift a yearly membership to a museum. 
  3. Buy a gift certificate to a fun activity. 
  4. Membership to the botanical gardens or national park passes. 
  5. A road trip with you somewhere fun. 
  6. Movie night for the whole family. 
  7. Gift an indoor veggie garden starter kit. 
  8. Buy a passes to an amusement or theme park. 
  9. Gift certificates for bowling or mini golf
  10. Buy games to have an ongoing weekly family game night
  11. Gift a family photo shoot
  12. Gift a local class or paint night
  13. Gift Certificate for a massage
  14. Gift tickets to a sports game
  15. Gift a session with a tarot reader 
  16. Gift tickets to a live show
  17. Write a poem on pretty paper and wrap in ribbon
  18. Gift dance classes for two
  19. Buy them an online course
  20. Give the gift of food
  21. Book a house cleaning for a day
  22. Make them a playlist
  23. Yoga class passes
  24. Gift a makeup session to pamper them for dinner out
  25. Gift language instruction
  26. Spa day, mani pedi or facial gift certificate
  27. Rock climbing gift certificate
  28. Give the gift of outdoor gear
  29. Escape room!
  30. Tickets for a wine tasting event
  31. Gift a cooking class
  32. Puzzles
  33. Online guitar class (here)
  34.  Experience gift ideas for kids (here)
  35. (USA) Cloud 9 experience gifts (here)

Have more ideas?? I’d love to see them in comments!!

Update, here are a few more!
36. Trip to the bookstore to pick out new books or a book bundle you pick for them!
37. A train ride to somewhere new!
38. Seeds to plant in the garden & you could add garden supplies!
39. Camping gear/Hiking gear
40. Start them up on a new hobby.

Christmas Story: For the Man Who Hated Christmas


Christmas Story:
For the Man Who Hated Christmas
By Nancy W. Gavin

It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past ten years.

It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it—overspending and the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma—the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way.

Our son Kevin, who was 12 that year, was on the wrestling team at the school he attended. Shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented a sharp contrast to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms and sparkling new wrestling shoes.

As the match began, I was alarmed to see that the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford.

Well, we ended up walloping them. We took every weight class. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said. “They have a lot of potential, but losing like this could take the heart right out of them.” Mike loved kids—all kids. He so enjoyed coaching little league football, baseball and lacrosse. That’s when the idea for his present came.

That afternoon, I went to a local sporting goods store and bought an assortment of wrestling headgear and shoes, and sent them anonymously to the inner-city church. On Christmas Eve, I placed a small, white envelope on the tree, the note inside telling Mike what I had done, and that this was his gift from me.

Mike’s smile was the brightest thing about Christmas that year. And that same bright smile lit up succeeding years. For each Christmas, I followed the tradition—one year sending a group of mentally handicapped youngsters to a hockey game, another year a check to a pair of elderly brothers whose home had burned to the ground the week before Christmas, and on and on.

The white envelope became the highlight of our Christmas. It was always the last thing opened on Christmas morning, and our children—ignoring their new toys—would stand with wide-eyed anticipation as their dad lifted the envelope from the tree to reveal its contents. As the children grew, the toys gave way to more practical presents, but the small, white envelope never lost its allure.

The story doesn’t end there. You see, we lost Mike last year due to dreaded cancer. When Christmas rolled around, I was still so wrapped in grief that I barely got the tree up. But Christmas Eve found me placing an envelope on the tree. And the next morning, I found it was magically joined by three more. Unbeknownst to the others, each of our three children had for the first time placed a white envelope on the tree for their dad. The tradition has grown and someday will expand even further with our grandchildren standing to take down that special envelope.

Mike’s spirit, like the Christmas spirit will always be with us.

Source: Woman’s Day 2009

Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial | The Crafting Nook by Titicrafty

Want to add a rustic and yet glamorous touch to your Christmas tree? Here you will find a cute Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial!!!

How To:

Twine Ball Christmas Ornament Tutorial | The Crafting Nook by Titicrafty