4 Gift Alternatives That Capture the Holiday Spirit


4 Gift Alternatives That Capture the Holiday Spirit

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No matter how far in advance you start shopping, it always feels like you are stuck obsessing over a gift for at least one hard-to-please family member, right? And all the Internet-driven holiday-sales hype only intensifies the pressure gifting adds to the season. Remember when shopping was a fun, relaxing activity?

The Skinny Strong Living program centers on the “Let Go and Take Action” philosophy—and it’s a perfect motto to internalize as you approach prime gifting time this year. Let go of the idea that you need to buy things for your loved ones to show how much you care for and appreciate them. Let go of the habit of spending more than you should because you’ve either lost sight of your budget or put practicality on hold for special occasions.

Get creative when it comes to gift-giving and really select those that will reach the heart of those special people in your life. Start viewing gifting as an experiential-based concept versus a things-based one. This means choosing gifts that enable your friends and family to get more out of life or spend time enjoying activities that make them happier and healthier.

Here are four great gift ideas to get you started.

For the Foodie: A Dining Experience 

Support local businesses and give the gift of a relaxing night on the town enjoying a delicious meal among cool surroundings. Most all restaurants offer gift cards and some, like the Stephen Starr Restaurant Group, which operates the sleek Continental in Miami but has other restaurants in Florida, New York, Philadelphia, and D.C., even sell them online, so you can send one to your lucky foodie from afar.

 

For the Little One: Zoo Membership

Most kids rarely need another toy. But almost all children love some element of the zoo—and experiential learning is a major plus for little minds. Zoo Miami, along with zoos of all sizes across the country, sell very fairly priced memberships, which often pay for themselves in just 2 or 3 visits a year. The parents will love the opportunity to get out of the house and appreciate the fact that you didn’t add to the clutter.

 

For the Fitness Junkie: ClassPass

This genius company sells monthly memberships that provide access to a network of fitness studios, meaning your workout-loving recipient can choose from thousands of different classes every day without paying for costly memberships at multiple gyms. Participating studios range from yoga, Pilates, and barre to spin and dance to strength training, and ClassPass is currently available in 29 U.S. cities.

 

For the Nature Lover: Marine Wildlife Adoption

Equally perfect for animal-loving adults and children, the gift of sponsoring a sea turtle, polar bear, dolphin, or other marine animal is a truly wonderful opportunity to experience the rewards of doing good. The nonprofit Oceana sells adoption gift packs that range in price from $30 to $150 and include a stuffed animal, animal-shaped cookie cutters, and an adoption certificate.

 

Your Skinny Strong Takeaways:

“Skinny” – Let go of the act of “shopping” from your gifting philosophy. The best presents are often ones that come from the heart, not the mall.

“Strong” – Take action by creating harmony between purpose and pleasure when you set out to shop for gifts. Take a coffee break and buy only those things that you truly feel someone will appreciate or use.

I’m so happy to welcome you to our community. I founded Skinny Strong to inspire and empower individuals to thrive in their health and beauty. Skinny Strong is inspired by my own health challenges, and the discoveries I’ve made along the way that have given me the freedom to let go of confusion and guilt, take action and start living!

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