Holiday Giving Guide

holiday giving guide

The past 12 months have been exhausting. Every morning we get a side of new and crazy with our coffee that obliterates my faith in humanity. To counteract the feeling we’re all going to hell in a flaming Gucci bag, I’ve pulled together 5 ways you can be the change this holiday season. Not a single suggestion calls for a trip to the mall and each one will make someone else’s day a little bit brighter.

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.

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.

Take time for self care.

Giving your time and your energy to cause you care about can be exhausting. Add holiday stress to the mix and you have a recipe for burnout. No matter your holiday schedule, find time and space for you. It could be something as simple as taking a bath or going for a run. Whatever it is, prioritize that so you can be the best nasty woman or bad hombre you can be.


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    November 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    such a great post!

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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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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    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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