The festive season is the season of giving and I believe that it should be about giving not only to those whom we love and cherish but also to those who are less privileged than us. If you can make a stranger smile with your thoughtfulness then you have indeed got into the true festive spirit! You can donate money or even time to a charity or a worthy cause.
One idea that we had, and which we plan to put into practice this festive season is to buy toys at wholesale prices to distribute among foster homes and/or schools for the underprivileged. We have not got the details worked out yet, but we were thinking toys such as those available here, some outdoor game toys, some educational aids or board games etc. If you are looking for some nice children’s gifts at good discounts, you may want to take a look here as well.
While we should be thinking about our less fortunate brethren in the season of good cheer, we should also be sparing a thought for the environment. Here I found a great compilation of ‘green’ gift ideas, such as Carbon offsets, national park passes, organic gifts, recycled gifts. There are even some excellent ideas for gift wrapping and table settings.
Okay I am done thinking about others and the earth and the less privileged. Here are some more gift ideas that I really liked: Chocolate and wine! Those I think are the all time traditional favorites! I loved this basket of goodies that comes with your choice of the top champagnes: Dom Perignon or Moet & Chandon and several edible delicacies as well. You can splurge on someone that you want to impress because this isn’t cheap at $169.95.
Now I love Godiva chocolates don’t you? I think I will probably gift myself this sinful collection of Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Almonds, Milk Chocolate Domes with Hazelnut Praline, Signature Biscuits, Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Caramel Bars, Milk Chocolate Pearls, and Extra Dark Chocolate Truffle Domes for $39.95. For some more chocolate and wine gift baskets, some at a discount as well, look here.
And let me sign off this post with one more really offbeat and interesting gift idea: you can get a caricature made (of someone with a sense of humor, mind; may not be for everyone). Look here to see how you can have a photo transformed into a caricature. You can even use the caricatures for holiday cards! Great idea I thought!