**I’m bribing you to read ’til the end! You’ll find a chance to win my holiday giveaway below.**
Does it sneak up on you every year, too? The giving season is here and while it’s easy to walk into the corporate web, it’s just as easy to steer clear. This year, consider supporting small, local or handmade businesses – or consider giving up the gift exchange altogether and spend that time and money on volunteering or donating!
A few simple ideas…
*Give a gift to a local elderly person who may not otherwise receive anything through this program: Be A Santa To A Senior
*Help a local family or person with daily living essentials or holiday items through this site: 2 Hands (note: I have used this site a few times; use common sense when selecting a person to assist – unfortunately, there are always a few trying to take advantage when it comes to a potential handout. I generally tend to choose those who seem appreciative and are asking for important everyday items or a few smaller holiday needs.)
*When you do your holiday cooking/baking this year, make a few extra servings and spread the joy to others (perhaps a women’s shelter, a Ronald McDonald House, or the nice person down the street who lives alone).
*Make your own gifts (Pinterest is a great resource) or buy handmade! Local craft fairs and websites like Etsy are fantastic when it comes to finding something unique.
On that note…
I’ve updated my Etsy store with new mini-ornaments, gift wrap acccesories, wine glass charms, corn heating bags, and more… take a look for holiday ideas! Now through December 18th, use code HAPPYANDSIMPLE to get 10% off any purchase from my shop.
And finally, a holiday giveaway! (UPDATE: This contest has ended. Congrats to Caitlin – hope you enjoy your ornaments!)
Enter some sort of comment in response to this post (sorry, US residents only this time around) and you will be entered to win either a set of 3 mini ornaments or a set of 3 magnets in my new ‘snowcapped mountain’ chevron pattern shown below (colors may differ). The winner will be notified on December 1st!