Finding five simple Christmas gifts that communicate the spirit of the season without breaking the bank or overly inflating a gift-giving focus can feel like walking a tightrope in the midst of the holiday's commercially-driven messages. However, it is a task that is eminently possible to accomplish, and giving these simple gifts to be treasured will make you feel as good as your recipients will feel when they open your gifts on Christmas morning. Learn about five simple Christmas gifts we love and consider these ideas as you are drafting up your Christmas shopping list.
Whether your loved ones are religious or spiritual or not, Christmas does communicate an inherent spirit of hope and joy, and with a whole new year hot on its heels, the Ten Thousand Villages Hope and Dreams Journal is the perfect simple, handmade and lovely Christmas gift that can keep the season focused on what matters most. Best of all, when you give a Christmas gift from Ten Thousand Villages, you know that you are also supporting fair trade and the artistry of economically disadvantaged craftspeople from countries around the world. You can purchase the lovely Ten Thousand Villages Hopes and Dreams Journal from their online webstore for $24 plus shipping.
This Pinzon bathrobe from the Amazon online store for $39.99 is made of 70 percent soft-as-silk bamboo rayon and 30 percent pure cotton, and is as earth-friendly and hypoallergenic as any comfy bathrobe could be. Bamboo is a great material for those with sensitive skin, and cotton and bamboo together provide superior moisture wicking to keep skin dry and warm. Best of all, this earth-friendly bamboo bathrobe is machine washable.
If you are stumped on what to get a friend or loved one who has it all, then why not offer them your time and service instead? One of the best simple gifts we love this season is a homemade book of redeemable coupons. You could offer to babysit, treat for coffee, bake cookies, mow the lawn, give a massage, and anything else you think the recipient will enjoy. All you need is some construction paper, a pair of scissors, glue stick, and a marker to make this simple, moving Christmas gift.
Another solution for a hard-to-buy-for recipient is a customized gift basket that contains a few (or a lot) of their favorite things. If they enjoy certain items such as chocolate or tea, you can also make a themed gift basket, or you can fill it with homemade baked goods and yummy cider and hot chocolate mix. A customized gift basket says you care like no store bought gift ever could, and keeps on giving long after Christmas day has passed.
Is your loved one stressed out? Consider a gift certificate for a massage. Is your friend hurting for cash? Help her out with a gift certificate for groceries or gas. Gift certificates are simple, helpful, and always appreciated when Christmas rolls around each year.