Gift-giving is a complicated process for most people, even for friends and family they know well. It can be hard to find the right present for a teenager who has ever-changing interests, or for a grandfather who has health issues and limited mobility. This makes the holiday shopping season stressful for many, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Rather than think about what material items your loved ones might like, consider what sort of creativity they’re fostering. They don’t have to be painters or writers to be creative; art can happen anywhere, from the kitchen to the garden. Think about what type of gift would be perfect for the person who loves music but has never learned to play an instrument, or the one who loves cooking and baking but may not have the right tools. Digging a little deeper into these creative pursuits might just lead you to the perfect gift, and that in turn will help you battle holiday stress.
Here are a few of the best ways you can make your loved ones happy over the holidays:
● Cooking lessons—For the creative soul who loves being in the kitchen, consider paying for a culinary class that will help them learn the correct way to use knives and other utensils, how to bake the perfect cupcake, and a few tricks of the trade. Or, you might put together a basket that holds several kitchen gadgets; for cake lovers, think icing tips and bags, fun-shaped pans, and fondant-sculpting tools.
● Gardening fun—For the person who loves working outdoors and getting their hands dirty, there are several gift options. You might go with a gift certificate to a home and garden store so the recipient can choose their own items or fill a steel pail with different types of seeds, gardening gloves, a trowel and spade, and a watering can for a present with rustic appeal. Tie a bow on top and present it unwrapped.
● Online guitar lessons—Music is the gift that keeps on giving, and for those who have a connection to it but have never gotten around to learning an instrument, lessons are the perfect way to show how much you care. There are different lessons according to experience level and type of instrument; to get an idea of which one to choose for your loved one, read on here.
● For the eco-friendly family member—For those who are Earth-conscious and want to reduce their carbon footprint, think eco-friendly, such as a bag full of natural beeswax products for the body or some upcycled containers to use in the home. Check out Etsy for unique, handmade, eco-friendly products that will make great gifts.
● For the artist—What do you get for the artist who has everything? Gifts from the Museum of Contemporary Art, of course! There are tons of cool things to choose from, including travel mugs, journals, home decor, and t-shirts emblazoned with the faces, works, and words of famous artists.
● Get high-tech—Creative people usually love trying new things, and that includes new mediums with which to make art. Technology has made this even easier by integrating with artist tools, like a pen that draws 3-D creations in the air and one that can be connected wirelessly to a regular piece of paper but displays the drawing on a computer screen.
The holidays are a fun time to be spent with friends and family, and although finding the perfect gift can be stressful, it helps if you look at shopping as a way to discover new things and connect with your loved ones on a new level. Take the stress out of shopping by getting creative and thinking outside the box.
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