It is simple to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of holiday gift giving. It’s all too easy to lose sight over what, we ourselves, find most important during the holidays. Sometimes we need that subtle reminder that it is time for celebration, gratitude, friends, and family, and — of course gifts. Let us share with you a few manageable reminders to practice thoughtful gift giving this season.

If you practice mindfulness, thoughtful gift giving will come naturally to you. Approach gift giving as you would any other activity. Take yoga, for example. One must be present, aware, and pay attention to the activity itself. Use these simple rules:

Put yourself first

We spend way too much time thinking of others and it can wear you out. It’s beneficial not only for you but your friends and family. Take care of yourself! Get enough sleep, eat well, and just make time to for your overall well-being. Becoming exhausted and overwhelmed will not only burn you out quickly, but you will become mentally and emotionally drained. Trust us. The best gift for your loved ones is to see you healthy and happy. I see you nodding your head.

Plan Ahead

It’s tough because we want to buy all the things! Take the time to sit down and create a realistic list of who gets what. Keep a budget and do your best to maintain. See above. What do you want the gift to convey to the recipient? And if you are worried you’ve forgotten someone, buy a few modestly priced gifts and stash them away in case they drop by. Bookmans stores have a great selection of under $10 gifts just for this purpose!

Gifts from the heart

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving,” said Mother Teresa. Love to knit, bake, or sew? Never frown upon the power of a homemade gift made out of pure love! One of my favorite gifts is a crocheted table drape I received from my Mom.

Traditions and creating memories through a presence

Cooking, playing music, and other annual traditions are sometimes the best gift of all. You will create moments that will live in a place of cherished memories for many years to come. Embrace the spirit of the season and practice togetherness with the individuals of your choosing. This will add tremendous value to your well-being and your relationships! You can also create traditions with your family by attending Bookmans’ weekly events. They’re a fun, free way to bring everyone together.

Of course, we at Bookmans are here to help you every step of the way. Let us help you find the perfect gift, or just chat us up at the trade counter. Help is just a phone call away!