Do you ever get tired of buying endless amounts of unnecessary gifts for your family and friends? If so, you are in good company. Many households across the country are starting to rail against rampant consumerism, and are starting to express their love and gratitude to others in a different way. As long as you are prepared to do a little bit of work and get creative, there are an enormous array of alternatives – here are a few of them for you to consider.
Blow up your photos
Do you have a great eye for a remarkable photograph? If you are handy with a camera – and who isn’t these days? – then why not consider looking into sending your best shots to family members as a gift? Whether it’s stunning scenery that reminds people of home or just a simple family shot, you can personalize a photo to a precise degree. Blow it up and print it on a canvas or frame it – it’s entirely up to you.
Record a performance
Are you a musical family, or do you have a bunch of kids who love acting out plays? Then why not record your family efforts and send them on to the grandparents? This is a great idea for families who live far apart, and it’s so easy to do these days. Some basic audio recording equipment and a computer are all you need to create a CD, and then it’s just a case of sending it off to a company such as Nationwide Disc Replication or similar for a professional finish. For plays or visual performances, why not use your smartphone to record it? I recommend getting a stand or tripod so you can ensure a steady hand, but other than that some cheap video editing software on your phone is all you need to polish things up.
Arts and crafts
For more traditional families, why not send your relatives some personally made crafts? It’s the kind of thing that kids love getting involved with, and you can create anything from cushion covers to bracelets and necklaces. If your kids love drawing, why not encourage them to sketch or paint a picture on a large piece of paper? Frame it, pack it carefully in bubble wrap, and it makes for an elegant gift that means so much more than something you might buy from a store.
Gifts are an excellent idea, but ultimately, nothing beats the company of people. So, instead of sending presents, why not consider spending more time with your folks? Kids could offer to do some jobs around their grandparent’s house – or even yours! Perhaps you could all set up a weekly or monthly activity day, where a different family member gets treated. There are a million and one things you can do just by being there for each other – so have a think and see what you can come up with.
Are you a little weary of consumerism? If so, what sort of gifts do you create for your family and friends? Let everyone know by leaving a comment below!