What To Buy My Family For Christmas

So, You Don't Know What To Get Your Loved Ones For Christmas

Don't stress out and drive to the mall. I've got you covered.


Christmas is supposed to be a time filled with joy and love, but shopping for Christmas presents can drive us crazy and fill us with anxiety instead. It's extremely difficult to shop and find a good gift for not only your family but your friends and significant other even with a list - and forget trying without one. You can't help but wonder what if they don't like the gift? Is it even a good gift? Can you even afford what you want to get them? Sometimes you just want to throw in the towel and give up.

So, I propose that this year instead of stressing ourselves out about what physical objects we can get someone, we give people experiences for Christmas.

What do I mean by this? I mean that instead of buying our friends and family socks, movies, electronics or anything of the like we spend our money on giving them something we can do together. Plan an outing for you and your group of friends instead. Maybe you'll take them out ice skating and pay for the skates. Maybe you'll go out for a nice brunch and pay. Maybe you'll spend the day at the zoo looking at the Christmas lights. All of these gifts are not only fun, but they allow you and your friends or family to spend time together.

Yes, a coffee mug is nice. Yes, a new pair of fuzzy socks is nice. Yes, a new book is nice. Yes, a gift card is nice. But all of these gifts are things that we will grow tired of or forget about or only be able to use once. Taking our loved ones out for a nice meal or outing is not only more personal but creates valued memories, which is something money can't buy.

So, this Christmas instead of stressing yourself out as you walk up and down the aisle at the store trying to figure out what to buy, try gifting experiences to your friends and family.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


the loving granddaughters

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Whispering "You can't do that" in my ear when I dare to get out of my comfort zone.

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