Holiday Alternatives to Material Gifts
Give 'Em The Day Off
Most of my friends are maxed out and could use a day without responsibility. Easier said than done, but if you can arrange a day for someone who badly needs a break (watch their kids, clean their house, book a spa), their gratitude will wash over you -- a two-way gift. Not only will they enjoy a much-needed mental break, but they will appreciate that their struggles are acknowledged. Our time, our minds and our focus is all so fragmented these days; it's healthy to just shut down the machine for awhile.
These are some of my ideas, but I'd love to hear other creative solutions. I think 2012 might be the ideal year to dig deeper -- not into the wallet, but into ourselves.