Silly Season Survival Tips #4 - Gift Giving

Wow! Only 3 weeks to go until C-Day!!! How are you going with keeping your wellbeing intact so far? Hopefully you have caught my other Silly Season Survival Tips, covering sleep, food and hangovers? If not check them out via the links or on my Facebook page.

Gift giving is a big part of the Silly Season, whether or not you celebrate Christmas, there are still end of year gifts to buy for colleagues, teachers, service providers, etc. Does this tie you up in knots? Do you over analyse and overthink every gift you have to buy? Do you frequently overspend? Do you become paralysed by our compare and despair culture and put off your shopping until the last minute? If any of these things are true for you then this blog will help!

Accentuate the Positive

Let’s start with the positive stuff! It has been scientifically proven that giving actually brings more pleasure and happiness than receiving! Just think of the great benefit to your own wellbeing of giving gifts! Why not take a moment to express gratitude for this gift within a gift! Also, it is true that it is the thought that counts. Even if you don’t give the ‘perfect’ gift every time, the recipient is still going to feel chuffed that you put in the time and expense of giving them a gift at all! If it makes you feel better, let them know discretely where they can return and exchange the gift for something else. Many stores will actually provide this for you, and if not you can just include your own handwritten note with instructions of where to exchange it.

Chakra Gift Buying Guide

All the chakras come in to play with how we go about buying gifts! If you are not already aware, the Chakras are energy centres within the body, and there are 7 main ones which are all associated with different aspects of our wellbeing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

1st Chakra (Root) – if you are buying gifts for your birth family, whom you don’t get along with very well, then it would be a good idea to do some work on your 1st Chakra. My Chakra Info Sheets give lots of tips about things you can do yourself to balance your chakras.

2nd Chakra (Sacral) – if you are buying gifts for close friends, partners or children this Chakra is the energy centre associated with relationships. Also importantly, this is the Chakra involved with enjoying the good things in life, so if you want to ensure that you don’t overspend, a balanced 2nd chakra will help!

3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus) – when you don’t feel confident that you can buy the right gift work on your self worth via the 3rd Chakra

4th Chakra (Heart) – this is the energy centre associated with giving and receiving love, as well as feeling gratitude and abundance, so if you find yourself feeling resentful because you always give your sister a better present than she gives you, do some balancing here!

5th Chakra (Throat) – if you always regret not going with your intuition in regards to what gift to buy then work on your throat chakra

6th Chakra (Third Eye) – if you are feeling overwhelmed by gift shopping, and always procrastinate, you might need to balance your 3rd Eye for clear thinking and decision making abilities

7th Chakra (Crown) – if you know it’s going to be a lean Christmas this year then you might want to get everyone in the house to work on their Crown chakras to enhance their feeling of gratitude for all that is provided by the Universe (or relevant higher power) and not needing anything else

Green Christmas

For the wellbeing of the planet there are a number of things that you can do to ensure your gift giving has the lowest carbon footprint possible. Consider:

  • buying local: supporting businesses close to you as well as lessening the impact of goods being shipped all over the globe
  • buying second-hand: do you really need to buy something brand new? It may be that your local op-shop or garage sale has just what you were looking for in pre-loved form. Let’s reduce waste as much as possible.
  • Recycling wrapping: have a competition to see who can open their presents the most carefully so the paper can be used again next year. Ribbons and trimmings can usually be used multiple times. Cut up last year’s Christmas cards to use as gift cards (if you didn’t keep last year’s cards you can start this year!)
  • Reduce the quantity: we all have so much ‘stuff’ and are such a throwaway society, how about doing Kris Kringle instead of everyone buying gifts for everyone else. The bonus is that everyone gets one great gift and saves a lot of money and wrapping to boot!

A Gift of Experience

An experience is the best gift, not only because there is so much stuff cluttering up the (Western) world, but also because the memory can often be cherished for a lot longer than a material thing will last. So, why not opt for experiential presents rather than physical ones. Give people tickets to movies, theatre, concerts, sporting events. Buy a voucher for a class or an outdoor activity like sky diving. Or best of all, buy a voucher for something that is going to provide improved wellbeing to your loved one – a massage, a personal trainer, a meditation workshop, a clean eating cooking demo.

Or how about a Wellbeing Consultation? If you are buying a gift for someone who is coming to the end of the year exhausted, dealing with a steady flow of minor illnesses or aches & pains, realising they’ve not achieved any of their health goals this year and really wanting to ditch the endless cycle of treating symptoms (instead of investigating underlying causes) and learn holistic and preventative health strategies as well as having access to healing tools that others have used to achieve vastly improved wellbeing, then an Evenstar Wellbeing voucher is the perfect gift! Reiki consultations can be done remotely if your gift recipient is not close to Melbourne’s west! Aromatherapy Massage vouchers are also available. Up until 25th December 2017 I am offering discounts on Gift Vouchers for my single Wellbeing Consultation ($65, normally $77) and my Wellbeing 3 Pack ($160, normally $177). Click here to purchase one NOW!

For any further information about anything discussed in this article, or anything about Wellbeing at all, please feel free to get in touch.