12 Christmas Gifts That Outlive You

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The average person will spend about $800 on gifts this year. Tragically one year from now the giver of gifts will have little to show for it. To leave a meaningful gift is to leave one that outlasts you…one that costs YOU something. Something you can’t put a price tag on but has incredible value to the recipients.

So why not make Christmas a bit more spectacular this year? Not that your previous holiday celebrations have not already been marvelous. But what about doing something a bit extraordinary?

Each of us have our favorite holiday traditions. My favorite is having the family come over to open stockings and then have a hearty breakfast. By all means, keep those…just add one or two others. Why not do something outside the wrapped Christmas box?

If you’re reading this blog (thanks!), you’ve celebrated at least seven December 25ths, (more than likely several more than that). Why not do something that creates more of a life legacy and less of a pile of discarded wrapping paper. A gift that’s truly long-lasting and huge!

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So in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 gift suggestions that outlive you.

  1. Invite someone in your neighborhood/community who doesn’t have family to join you for dinner
  2. Sponsor a child – http://www.compactfamilyservices.org/home
  3. Help serve dinner or lead Christmas carols in a nursing home
  4. Give a gift to a child – http://www.prisonfellowship.org
  5. Surprise a police officer with a coffee gift card
  6. Feed a child – http://www.feedone.com
  7. Purchase a tree w/lights for a single parent family
  8. Donate coats, blankets, clothes to a homeless shelter
  9. Volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen/shelter
  10. Give an offering to your favorite charity
  11. Give a handmade ornament to co-workers
  12. Purchase a small gift, given with a message of encouragement, to hand out to people you come in contact with during the day. These could include grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, waiters, mall security, bank tellers, etc…

In other words do something for someone who can offer you nothing in return. Make this holiday truly a holiday about giving. After all isn’t this the reason Christmas began in the first place?

What new tradition will you add this Christmas?

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