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According to a recent survey, 15% of people fret about what gifts to buy their loved ones for the holidays each year. Of course, the last thing any of us want is to cause unnecessary stress to our loved ones - especially during the most wonderful time of the year.
One thing you can do to make your loved ones’ lives easier is to create your own holiday wishlist, full of helpful (and reasonably priced) gift ideas for things you’d actually love to own. Of course, creating this type of list can be tricky if you feel like you already have everything you could ever need or want.
Rather than telling your friends and family that you don’t want anything at all for Christmas this year, you might consider creating a holiday wishlist based around any improvements you’d like to make in your life. The list might align with your New Year’s Resolution for the upcoming year, with your health and fitness goals, or with a career change you’ve been hoping to make.
Here’s some advice for how to shape your own holiday wishlist around this self improvement theme:
We all have that one distant relative who always likes to gift us a calendar for the upcoming year. Rather than receiving yet another calendar this year, perhaps you could lovingly point your relative towards taking the idea a step further and gifting you a planner instead. There are many weekly, monthly, and yearly planners available for purchase that fit the self-care theme. From helping you bring more happiness and gratitude into your daily life to encouraging you to follow your passions and desires, this can be a transformational gift that can provide you with structure for making real changes.
There have been abundant scientific studies supporting the positive impact that music has on our lives - and even our health. As it turns out, music is very therapeutic. It relieves stress, improves mood, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports addiction recovery - to name a few benefits. There’s even some evidence that music therapy can even ease the symptoms of conditions like Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS) or Parkinson’s Disease.
We all love listening to music from time to time - but who knew music was so good for your physical, mental and emotional health? If you’re looking to add more music to your life, you might ask your loved ones to support you in learning to play a stringed instrument, like a guitar or ukulele. Beginner ukuleles are fairly affordable - or you could purchase your own instrument and simply add the absolute best online guitar lessons to your Christmas wish list.
Who doesn’t love getting lost within the pages (whether paper or digital) of a good book? Books can be an excellent way to improve the quality of your life. Obviously, the broad range of self-help and self-improvement authors immediately come to mind here, from Tony Robbins to Brené Brown and everyone in between.
You don’t have to limit yourself to self-help books though. For instance, the growing industry of bibliotherapy asserts that reading a fictional book can be just as beneficial as reading non-fiction or self-help books. You could spark your imagination - and relaxation - by requesting fantastic stories from your favorite author.
Of course, these are just meant to be used as a starter to help spark ideas for what to include on your holiday wish list. There are endless options for what you could ask for. Whether it is guitar lessons or something completely unique such as a slingshot from Fowler’s to relieve stress (in a positive manner of course), with the types of gifts you’ll receive, you’ll be off to a great start for a transformational new year!