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Holiday Giving Guide

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It’s that time of year when you can’t click a link without seeing a gift guide. There are guides on what to buy your mom, your S.O., your sister, and the coworker you don’t even like. It is almost as if the world has decided it’s time to split with as much of money as possible. Gift guides have become cliché and redundant. I mean how many times can I tell you to buy the same Voluspa candle for your mom? In the spirit of killing the gift guide, I have whipped up a giving guide for the 9-9 and the 2016.

This year has been one for the books in the worst way. It has been one shitty thing after another starting with the deaths of Bowie and Prince–I’m still in mourning. To counteract all of the awfulness that has gone down in the past 11 months, I have rounded up 5 ways you can give a little love this Christmas. The best part is none of them require battling holiday mall traffic and each one will make someone else’s day a little bit brighter.

Give what you can. There are so many opportunities to give to causes you support during the holidays. All you have to do is pick a cause, decide on a donation, and give it. If you are short on organizations to donate to, there is a thing called Google. Put in a cause that moves you and organizations will pop out. It’s that easy.

Give like a true scammer. This is something I do throughout the year. I give what I can, when I can, without making it a thing. It ranges from leaving extra cash on someone’s windshield to paying for a stranger’s drink or leaving a kind note. It’s sneaky and I like sneaky.

Give the gift of your time. Giving what you can doesn’t always mean money or junk from your closet. In fact, it should never mean junk from your closet. If holiday shopping has your bank broken people can always use your time. Again, when it comes to finding places to volunteer, the Google has your back fam.

Give it a personal touch. Whatever it is that you are going to do to make the holidays a little better for someone else, make it personal. Write a note, make a card, decorate the package, give it that extra something that says, “I give a damn.”

Keep it up all year round. Being kind, generous, and grateful should not be holiday things. We should carry the holiday spirit through the entire year. I know it’s like hard but there are enough horrible people in the world so.

Remember, giving during the holidays is not just about making yourself feel better, it is about genuinely expressing love and care for your fellow man. In other words, don’t do good because it’s a trend, do it because you want to.

I’ll be sharing some of the causes I’m supporting and ways I am sharing love this season via social so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook, @GreigeMKT over the next few weeks.

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    DEMELER
    November 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    such a great post!
    xx
    http://thedemeler.com

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    Ron
    November 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Great advice! The holidays is indeed a time for giving although the whole year should really be that kind of time as well. I love the “give like a true scammer” advice! You can just make someone’s day!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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      Anastasia Nicole
      November 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      I love sneaky giving because it shifts the focus away from you. So many people help others for a pat on the back, this way no one knows what you did but you.

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    Brittany
    November 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    The gift of your time is always the most valuable. Great post!

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      Anastasia Nicole
      November 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      At the end of the day, your time is what people value the most.

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    Nadia
    November 30, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Such a lovely reminder to give!! It doesn’t apply only to one day of the year or one season. Giving is all year round, every day <3
    2016 was quite a tough year for me personally. I am so thankful we came through it all. 2017 will be amazing 🙂
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

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    Kait
    December 1, 2016 at 2:05 am

    This is great advice! I’m so behind on the gift shopping this year…

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    kittylimon
    December 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Such a great post, not just for christmas but for all year round thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Ellie
    December 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Always nice to give your time if and when you are able. Though I wouldn’t say gift guides are redundant I have a couple of people in my Family who are notoriously difficult to buy for, I find certain gift guides helpful. But gift giving shouldn’t be the main stressor at Christmas time. Spending time with Loved ones beats a candle that’s for sure lol.

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      Anastasia Nicole
      December 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

      For me, gift guides have never been helpful for anything other than figuring out what new stuff I want lol. I understand that some people need them but like you said, spending money should not be the main stressor over the holidays. It really is about spending time with the ones you love.

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    Kitty
    December 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

    This is a perfect post for me 😀 Thanks 🙂

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    Tim
    December 4, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Sneaky giving is the best. Nothing like leaving an extra $20 tip on a small bill to help someone get through the holidays.

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