Thoughtful and affordable Holiday gift ideas

The holidays are here and this is when – with a few days left until Christmas- many of us are starting to feel the pressure of getting our Christmas shopping done in time. 

I love this time of the year but I do not like the high level of stress and anxiety associated with it.  Many of us go into debt trying to meet our friends and family’s gift expectations or keeping up with the Jones. 

This time of year should be less about over-spending and more about spreading joy, love and peace, building and mending relationships.  For those of us who believe, this should be a time when we reflect on and celebrate the redeeming love of God.  It should be about spending quality time with the ones we love.

The giving or exchanging of gifts should not bring about feelings of anxiety, guilt or disappointment but rather that of pleasure and fulfillment.  For those of us still working on our Christmas shopping and trying to figure out what to get that isn’t going to hurt your budget, here are a few ideas for affordable yet thoughtful gifts 

For the travelers in your life give them  snow globe of a city they haven’t been to, encouraging them to go

Or items that reference traveling with words or images like these cute little coasters

Antique shops are a great place to find cute, unique and affordable items like this little mirrored jewelry box I found in Chelsea

For those who love to read or that friend you think should write a book, try a journal like this one I got from Barnes and Noble

Lastly, for new moms, seasoned moms, the elderly or that busy professional with no time, get them a house cleaning gift certificate

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