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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 23 - Gifts, Gifts, Gifts

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients
of a truly merry Christmas.
~~ Peg Bracken ~~

You don't have to be rich to share lavish gifts. Gifts created are usually he most treasured.

Paint It
Buy a plain shirt and print/paint on it. Or make a iron-on via an ink jet printer. Create your own design on the computer or use a favorite picture.

Monogram It
Use the sewing machine to create a monogram using the recipient’s initials and add the monogram to a set of bath towels.

Bake It
Give cookies and breads. Buy or recycle seasonal containers -- boxes, tins, etc. -- and package your homemade goodies.

Cook It
Offer to make one meal a month for a single-parent family. Double your recipes for a few days and put the extra in the freezer. When needed, unthaw the dinner and deliver to your friends.

Be It
Give some of your time. Offer to drive an elderly neighbor to an appointment. Offer to shovel the sidewalk for your grandfather. Offer to help with the Christmas decorations for a handicapped friend. Offer to read a story or two at the local library. Offer to teach a class at your local church.

Donate It
Drop off the kids' extra toys and books to the library, doctor's office, or Head Start classroom.

Donate It Again
Make a donation in someone’s name. If the person you would buy for has plenty and does not need or want more, give a donation in their name.

Carol It
Get a few friends or family together and set up a time to go to the local hospital or senior citizen's center and sing Christmas carols. The patients/residents don't care if you sing off-key.

Craft It
There are many crafts to make and create. Below is a very brief list from the 1000s of sites on the Internet.


Kelly Graham said...

Thank you for this post, ideas and the links - it'll be appreciated :)

Storm said...

You are welcome, Kelly. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Please stop by again soon.