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.
Update: This post was chosen for IFB’s Links a la Mode for December 1st. Check out the other amazing blog posts that made the round up.
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