Non-stuff Gifts for the Holidays - Page 2
2) Give your friend, life-partner, spouse, sibling, anyone you love, a massage. You don't need to be a certified massage therapist because a simple 15-minute shoulder rub, back rub, foot rub, will make anyone feel cherished, not to mention the fact that it really eases those tight muscles made all the more tense by all that requisite gift giving and receiving. A cute idea is to make your own "spa coupons" and give those away, so that when the person feels like receiving some pampering from you, he or she can present the coupon and enjoy your loving touch.
3) Complete a chore for someone else. This less-than-glamorous approach really shows your love, respect, and appreciation for another person. It can be anything: laundry, dishes, shoveling snow, so long as it's a chore you don't normally do that the other person, by general agreement, is designated to complete on a regular basis. Imagine the surprise of the person when he or she goes out with a shovel, only to find a driveway or sidewalk totally clear of snow! Or, when he or she goes to the laundry basket in the morning only to find that it's magically empty, when last night, it was brimming with soiled clothing and odors that threaten spontaneous combustion if not put into the wash pronto!
4) Choose a local destination you've never visited that's either within close driving distance or walking distance, and go there with the person or people you love. It can be anywhere: art museum, science museum, indoor botanical garden, mall, a restaurant you've often passed but never tried, a well-lit cafe that looks cosy but you've been so harassed for time that you've never visited in the past 12 years you've lived there. Most of us often pass by local attractions and do not visit them because, hey, they're local attractions, it's not as if they'll disappear tomorrow. And it is precisely this mentality that keeps us from discovering all the interesting nooks and crannies that surround the places that we live and work. Even a ravine by your house might hold one or two surprises, though I cannot guarantee that they will be pleasant surprises. Who knows, it might be a case of serendipity as you discover a new, favorite haunt you and your loved one will patronize henceforth. While there, spend the time examining and truly enjoying whatever the place has to offer, whether it's crisp, fresh air or the free aroma of baked goods. Use the opportunity to share your opinions and voice your likes, dislikes, values, etc. This is the chance for you and your loved ones to get to know each other at a deeper level!Continued on the next page