Pauliann Long, LCSW-C




The Best Gift to Give—Ever! The Gift of “Doing”

With the holidays upon us, I wanted to share a brief article from Psychology today. Have you ever felt tired of going to the malls and endless stores trying to find that perfect gift? Chances are, you have spent way too much energy trying to “please” loved ones and friends with things that they probably already have, or don’t want. Well, this article talks about things that you can do for gifts instead of buying material things. It highlights some fun ideas that you and your loved ones can do to create memories. Check it out!


The Best Gift to Give—Ever! The Gift of “Doing”

Out-of-the-box gift ideas
Published on December 5, 2012 by Susan Albers, Psy.D. in Comfort Cravings

My favorite gifts to give on the holidays are not something to “have” but something my friends and family can “do.” Consider this year putting aside the wrapping paper and giving an “out of the box” gift. Think about presenting at least one person you love or a friend the gift of “doing” and movement this holiday.

Here are some ideas (there are many more!). Give a gift certificate, tickets, admission fee or make a homemade coupon. These ideas range in price, activity level and adventure so think carefully about the person receiving the gift. It’s a great way to help people to get moving, active and a little out of their comfort zone this year.

Admission for Ice skating
Ski lift tickets
Tickets to a local museum
Gift certificate to an exotic/new restaurant
A ticket to a historical site
Craft lessons
Admission to a workshop, class or lecture
Tickets to the zoo
Tickets to a movie
A cooking class
A wine tasting event
A chocolate tasting event
A film festival
A boat rental
Admission to local pool
Admission to bowling or golf
Reservation for camping
Gift certificate for horseback riding
Sledding, build a snow angel, snow ball fight
A coupon to walk your dog together or to walk their dog for them
Tennis lessons
Playdate at the playground
A kite to fly
Knitting lessons
Tickets to a food show

Feel free to post your own suggestions or a gift of “doing” that you’ve received!!


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