As the holidays draw near, the stress of finding the perfect gift begins to build. In the past, the perfect gift would be the latest high-tech gadget, that shiny necklace in the window, or the “Tickle Me Elmo” childrens' toy. That idea of a perfect gift has changed.
As the economy falls into a recession, some may feel it is having a negative impact on the holiday season and some may see it as a blessing in disguise. I see it as a blessing in disguise. People are spending less money and are focusing more on spending time with their family and friends, building stronger relationships, and creating new memories.
Instead of spending money on frivolous items that get lost in the closet or someone only uses once, buy something that provides you with the opportunity to spend more time with those important to you. Buy a ticket to a play or a gift card to a local hotel for a “staycation,” maybe even cooking lessons! This holiday season focus your gift giving on what really matters during the holidays − our relationships.
So, what are you giving for the holidays?