In this article, we want to share with you five tips that will help you embrace holiday mindfulness and discover the joy of thoughtful gifting.
Plan Ahead and Be More Intentional
Planning ahead is the first step for staying more mindful, intentional, and focused on what is important. It gives you the time and energy to think of different ways you can make gifting and the whole holiday experience more meaningful and joyful.
Take a notebook or use your Productivity Planner and make a list of everything you need to do, from planning holiday activities and meal preparation, to gift shopping. Then, explore your whys behind giving the gifts and think of what is significant to the recipient. Reflect on these questions:
How do you understand and measure the value of a gift?
How can your appreciation and love be transformed into holiday gifts?
How do you want to share your positive energy with people you care about?
What are other ways of giving and sharing, different from habitual practices?
By writing down your to-do’s, exploring your why behind the holiday festivities, and creating a list of mindful gifts that will be truly appreciated, you will gain more clarity and understanding on what you should prioritize. This will help you shop more intentionally and responsibly, avoiding the consumerism habits and overwhelming last-minute experience of buying superficial gifts for the sake of giving something.
Give From the Heart
We believe that, sometimes, the best gifts aren’t things, but life-changing experiences, heartfelt feelings, and authentic emotions.
Show your love to remind someone how much you care about them and cherish your relationship.
We believe that hand-written letters, notes, and honest conversations that come from the heart show a mindful connection and add a special touch to the holiday celebrations.
Here is an interesting gift idea for your loved one: write things you are grateful for to them, share your memories, acknowledge special moments, and even include some photos. Do this in privacy for a couple of months, or even for a whole year. Additionally, you can connect with your loved one’s friends and family and ask them to leave kind notes and words of appreciation in a journal. Then, choose a special day and give them the gratitude journal as a gift. Just imagine how a simple notebook can be transformed into a memorable gift of timeless love that will be cherished for years to come.
During this time of the year, our minds tend to focus on everything we have to finish before the year end. If you are not present, the holiday season will pass so quickly you will feel like it was over before you could truly experience it.
This year, create holiday traditions for your loved ones that will let them know you see their true self and give them inner peace, nourishment, and gift of togetherness.
Together you can:
Decorate home and/or Christmas tree.
Cook a new or special dish.
Start doing a new mindful ritual that will keep you grounded.
Practice gratitude together.
Create a Spotify playlist or a list of your favorite movies that will add a special atmosphere to Christmas holidays.
Engage in creative activities, play, paint, write a short story and, for example, make a gift with your hands.
Analyze the past year, acknowledge lessons learned, and talk about your goals and dreams.
Give a Gift to Yourself
Take care of yourself first, slow down, find time for your mental and physical health, and pay attention to your emotional well-being. You will notice that taking care of yourself will help you be kinder to the people around you, stay more present, and enjoy meaningful moments instead of missing them out.
Embrace the spirit of this season, take time to reflect, and put purpose and love into every gift you give. And remember, your presence and mindful attention adds tremendous value to showing your appreciation and honouring your loved ones. Here is to gifts that bring value.
As we open our minds, prioritize well-being, and embark on a journey of intelligent living, we look deep into ourselves and find other––more mindful and genuine––ways to express our love and appreciation.