Everybody loves Christmas. Or at least I really do. You can’t really explain it, but there is something magical and beautiful about the season that gets many people into the festive mood. And with it just round the corner, many of us are probably scrambling to get some last-minute shopping done.
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I’ve never been big on Christmas presents and usually only get them when there is some gift exchange or some secret santa going on. This however, is a pretty special year. It’s been a year of new beginnings and uncertain futures. Of clarity and realizations.
So I sat down thinking what would make awesome gifts for my loved ones to thank them for their love (however unconventional it was) throughout the past year and came up with these.
I’ve always been an experience > possessions person (see post here) so this naturally came to mind. Possessions are cool, but wouldn’t it be better if that gift can bring about an experience or memory that we’ll remember for a long time?
Like a timely spa package to someone who’s been working their asses off, or a home cooked meal for those who have been eating out 364 days a year. The more unexpected and unique, the better. Thoughtfulness is key.
Otherwise we might end up…
(2) Time & Attention
Someone wise once said that “the best gift you can give someone is your attention.” Most of us are so busy these days that the people we end up neglecting the most, are the ones we love back home. Sometimes it seems that our attention span has become so fragmented, that we divide it between choosing filters for our food on Instagram, deciding on #hashtags for twitter, stalking other people on facebook, while having dinner at the same time.
Attention has become such a scarce resource that it is probably one of the best gifts we can give anyone.
Some of my juniors recently launched a campaign along these lines. Check out Put It On Friend Mode if you need a reminder to give our loved ones the attention they deserve.
And this I definitely have to do more.
(3) Hugs & Kisses
We Asians are usually not as expressive with our XOXO’s. Yet nothing quite beats the comfort of wrapping your arms around your loved ones, or feeling your lips on their naked skin. They can fill any void, compound any happiness, and express love in ways words can never do.
I haven’t hugged my parents properly in years (probably since pri sch). So this Christmas, I plan to surprise my parents by giving them a big hug.
I mean why not since Darth Vader and his Storm Trooper are doing it too.
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Merry Christmas everyone. : )
P.S. Try this if you still need a last minute present and have a sense of humor. lol.