Why not give something that’s free – or nearly free, something that doesn’t require you to wait in line or battle traffic, and something that maybe – just maybe – will be one of the most memorable gifts of the holiday.
Consider giving your words. That’s it. Words. Write something kind. Put it in a letter or card or scrawl it on a cut-out piece of paper bag. Tell someone that you think they’re pretty awesome, that their humor brightens the office, that their support is invaluable, or that knowing them makes your life happier. Write something for a colleague or neighbor. Write something for a friend you’ve known for years. Write something for your mom.
It doesn’t need to rhyme or be impeccably phrased. It doesn’t need to be fancy or frilly or perfectly executed. It doesn’t need to be written with perfect penmanship. It just needs to be true. And if you feel the need to get creative with your packaging, by all means let your craft light shine, let it shine.
Use what you already have at your disposal: Paper bags, a Sharpie, the dust jacket from an old book, cardboard coasters, construction paper, used Christmas cards, or stationary you pilfered from the neighbors.
Cut things. Glue stuff. Poke holes. But most importantly, write something that matters.
It won’t be the most expensive gift your father-in-law or coworker get this year, but it might be the most appreciated. And rather than feeling like an afterthought, they will feel thought about. And no instant hot chocolate can do that.
Unless you have a bevy of elves at your disposal who can spring to your assistance like some Kris Kringle flash mob, you’ve got some work to do. And fast. It’s time to pull off some last-minute holiday heroics, and we have some ideas.
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