It’s less than two weeks away from Christmas. Haven’t bought a gift yet? In a bit of a panic? Don’t be. I got this covered.
Hi there. How have you been? How did you find my blog from last week about eating more when you are cold? Did you find it to be useful? If you have any comments or thoughts please let me know as it would be great to have your feedback.
On to the blog of today. Are you stuck for gifts to get for Christmas? Scratching your head wondering if the person will like socks or a scarf? Let me tell you a truth.
Everyone likes socks and everyone needs socks. You can’t go wrong with socks.
‘But surely I can’t just get a person socks?’ you may ask. Well you are right. You can’t just buy them socks.
A suggestion may be to ask them in advance (as in a month or two in advance) what they may like. Make a note of it and then get it.
But what if you are really stuck with what to get? Well I’m about to suggest a slightly ‘out of the box’ idea (see what I did there?).
Give them your time.
The older we get, the less time we have left. Give your time to the elderly, to the sickly, to the ones who don’t have a lot of time. Be in the present with them.
As sad a thought as it may be, one day we will all be memories in photographs, so make those memories count and take as many photographs as possible.
Of course though I am not going to leave you hanging there if you came here genuinely stuck and not knowing what to get someone for Christmas.
May I suggest becoming creative?
Pinterest is a great site to find ideas of things which you can create.
Here is a Pinterest idea. Lit jars. Truly inspiring! https://pin.it/zgvejx7bvr3znn
Pinterest is a great place to get ideas of things to buy, create, bake – you name it, it is there.
Here is a little video I found which may also give you some great gift ideas 😉
Lastly though, you could always consider donating.
As I may have mentioned in my previous blog about eating more when it is cold and helping those who may not be able to have a warm meal this week or even at Christmas time, sometimes helping someone else is the greatest gift you can give as well. I donate to Crisis, a support for homeless people.
This Christmas, Crisis is helping to give homeless people a place to stay and a warm meal. If you want to give a stranger a truly inspired gift, maybe consider donating.
In summary, don’t panic if you haven’t got someone something yet for Christmas. You can be creative, and there are great online suggestions on Pinterest to give you ideas of things to make, bake and create. Also, spend time with people and loved ones. One of the greatest gifts you can ever give is your time. Lastly, maybe also consider donating and making a stranger’s Christmas.
I hope you have found the blog of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.
And remember: love yourself.
A bit about the author:
I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.
Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.
I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.
In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.
In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.
In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.