Sue Scheff: Gifts that are priceless for your family

Did you take part in Black Friday?  Many people set their alarm clocks for those 4:00am sales.  Everyone is looking for a bargain.

In a year that has been less than financially friendly to many families, these early morning sales can help them make a difference in giving their child that special gift they asked for.

During this time of year, it is also time to think about so many gifts that won’t cost you money, however will be priceless in their value

Here are some ideas:

  1. Your time.  It is that simple, your children crave your attention and would love to have more time with you.  Can you make a promise to take more time out of your schedule and give it to your child? Learn about “Family Time Out” all year round.
  2. Volunteer with your family.  There is nothing more fulfilling than giving back to those with less.  Contact your local Goodwill, Red Cross or Salvation Army.  Find out where the homeless shelters or soup kitchens are in your area  – take a day to donate your time to others as a family. Learn more about Volunteering in your community.
  3. Clean out your closets! What does this mean?  Do you have old toys, yet in good condition, or games that maybe you only used once or twice?  Do you have clothes you no longer wear however are still like new?  Donate!  Everyone take the time to give up what they don’t use and find a place to donate to needy families.  Bikes are always a hot and needed item.
  4. Does your grocery store offer buy one get one free?  In Florida, Publix offers this almost everyday on many items.  Give that item to a local food bank.  Again, it is all about giving to those with less and doing this together will teach your children to be less materialistic and more about  the true meaning of the holidays – to give.
  5. Spirituality.  Maybe you are not religious, maybe you were at one time or maybe you are.  Whatever category  you fall into, maybe it is time to find visit a new church or synagogue.  Trying new experiences can be enlightening and you never know who you may meet or what you might learn. 
  6. Picture Time! Yes, of course you can take photo’s but to have more fun, drag out those boxes from your childhood, home movies from years (decades) ago as well as your child’s photo’s from birth to today!  Your kids, even teens love this – and there is nothing like laughing and memories to bring in a new year and celebrate the love of family.

Do you have more ideas for families to try this holiday season that are cost effective?  Please leave them in comments.  Remember the holidays are about giving and as parents we need to set the example for our children.

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