How to survive shopping and gift-giving this holiday season
Stop killing yourself trying to buy everyone “the perfect gift!”
Try this — you’ll create a more stress-free shopping experience for yourself without being “that person” who gives to charity in your friend's name or who declares it a "no gifts" year.
Here’s my easy solution — it’s what I do — and I love the holidays!
I always buy everyone on my list chocolates from my favorite vegan chocolatier in upstate New York.
Four (4) reasons this is a great solution for me:
- It is a consumable gift (so there’s no pressure for the recipient to have to keep it forever or display it in their home every time I come over).
- They're yummy — so unless your friend is “a communist” (as my father would have said), they’re going to love them!
- It's so friggin' easy.
- I may (or may not... OK, always... yes, I always...) buy some for myself too!
I can hear your protests now:
"But, Christine...! I want to give a more THOUGHTFUL gift!"
You can still be thoughtful about this — Here’s how, my Sweet-Grasshopper:
- I know that my mother-in-law loves fruit in her chocolate — so she gets the Raspberries de Pizan
- My sister-in-law absolutely HATES flavors mixed in with her chocolates (even sea salt) — therefore, no Peanut Butter Caramel with Nougat or Hazelnut Sugar Plum for her — just the pure dark chocolate stuff.
- And for me, I love the simplicity of the Almond Slate Bark, a dark chocolate bar with almonds and a touch sea salt... I just thought it was worth mentioning, in case you’re working on your holiday list right now. ;)
I hope this sparks some gift-giving ideas for you.
Please share in the comments below —
How does this idea feel to you?
What is something that you would love to receive for the holidays?
What would you like to be “known for” giving?