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12 Christmas Gifts That Outlive You

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 - 11:30 AM CST

The average person will spend about $800 on gifts this year. Tragically, one year from now the giver of gifts will have little to show for it. To leave a meaningful gift is to leave one that outlasts you - a gift that costs YOU something. It costs you something you can't put a price tag on, but has incredible value to the recipients.

So why not make Christmas a bit more spectacular this year? Not that your previous holiday celebrations have not already been marvelous, but what about doing something a bit extraordinary?

Each of us have our favorite holiday traditions. My favorite is having the family come over to open stockings followed by a hearty breakfast. By all means, keep those favorite traditions. Just add one or two others. Why not do something outside the wrapped Christmas box?

Why not do something that creates more of a life legacy and less of a pile of discarded wrapping paper?

So in the spirit of the 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 gift suggestions that will outlive you:


1. Invite someone in your neighborhood/community who doesn't have family to join you for dinner

2. Sponsor a child - http://www.compactfamilyservices.org/home

3. Help serve dinner or lead Christmas carols in a nursing home

4. Give a gift to a child - http://www.prisonfellowship.org

5. Surprise a police officer with a coffee gift card

6. Feed a child - http://www.feedone.com

7. Purchase a tree w/lights for a single parent family

8. Donate coats, blankets, clothes to a homeless shelter

9. Volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen/shelter

10. Give an offering to your favorite charity

11. Give a handmade ornament to co-workers

12. Purchase a small gift, given with a message of encouragement, to hand out to people you come in contact with during the day. These could include grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, waiters/waitresses, mall security, bank tellers, etc...

In other words, do something for someone who can offer you nothing in return. Make this holiday truly a holiday about giving. After all isn't this the reason Christmas began in the first place?

What new tradition will you add this Christmas?

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