When we were kids, we thought homemade gifts were lame. We were always taught it is the thought that counts. Well we may have not believed it then, but we do now thank goodness. Thinking back I wish I would have saved all the thoughtful gifts I have received over the years. Also it seems the older you get, the more stressful the holidays get. Gift lists and shopping budgets and the hectic rush to get everything done on time. Throw a global pandemic on top of it all, and 2020 may be the most stressful holiday season yet.

According to a recent holiday spending survey by Credit Karma,

More than half of Americans feel more financially stressed about the holidays than they did last year. Of the 34% who feel financially unprepared for the holidays, 50% are worried about affording gifts. Fifty-nine percent of all respondents plan to alter their gift-giving practices this year.

Some of the best gifts can't be bought in stores. Here are some ideas of things to do this year:

  1. Write a Letter
  2. Create a Scrapbook 
  3. Make a Video
  4. Give the Gift of Your Time
  5. Share Some Stock
  6. Get Crafty and Make a Gift
  7. Donate to a Charity in Their Name

These are all such great ideas and a great way for our kids to learn the true meaning of Christmas. This year most folks have to work on a smaller budget and I think that is Okie Dokie.

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