Happy Hannukah, St. Nicholas, Solstice, Christmas, Three Kings, Kwanzaa, birthday, or other winter celebration that involves gift-giving! This is a great year to try out some buy-nothing-new gift ideas that don't fit in a box or that can be wrapped creatively, using found-around-the-house materials like old scarves or tea towels, craft materials, holiday catalogs from your junk mail, or painted-over shoeboxes.
There are many ways to get festive and express generosity toward loved ones without spending a lot of money or worrying about shipping and delivery, such as...
- delivering homemade baked goods or casseroles
- giving handmade crafts
- hosting a game night, in-person among the vaccinated or virtual to include parents of young children, the immunocompromised, and others too vulnerable to gather safely indoors
- regifting new stuff you don't want or need
- regifting your own used books
- scouring thrift stores for funny/ugly holiday sweaters
- getting vaccinated, then offering childcare, hugs, or other acts of care and service to someone who needs them
- getting up early to cook breakfast for or decorate the home of a loved one
- breastmilk or boosted babysitting: Hear me out. Parents of babies and tiny tots under five are among the last Americans to receive their freedom from making Covid safety calculations to get through each day. But children under five can be protected, thus freeing young parents from chronic worry and isolation, with breastmilk from a parent or super intimate, certified communicable disease-free relative or family friend or wet nurse. It is also Covid-safe to let someone with a booster shot babysit. So get yours and offer to care for a young family, you know, like that one young family left out in the cold that Christians sing about at this time of year.
What else? What would you like someone else to do for you this holiday season that doesn't involve shopping for a new, store-bought present? What gets you in the true holiday spirit?