The Best Gifts I Received This Holiday

What gifts did you love to receive

Will you join me for a little exercise in gratitude and a small drop in the happy-for-what-I-have bucket? Oh, and a final nail in the 2013 coffin too?

A part of you just wants to get the holidays + 2013 behind you. It’s a fresh start! See ya later suckas! My sugar addled body and hangry toddler temperament hear you loud and clear.

However, packing up from a month-long trip to Thunder Bay for homestead Christmas, I am feeling resistant to toss away 2013 so quickly. After my 2013 Annual Review, and while carefully packaging up the presents I received to take them safely home with me, I’m mulling:

What gifts did I really love to receive this holiday?

1. A Kiva Card

Not a big supporter of gift cards (just give ‘em the cash!), receiving a Kiva Card over the holidays, made me giddy! My gift is a micro loan that I can give to any Kiva borrower and support the startup, growing business, or vulnerable group that I want! Blowout gift!

2.Enabling Gifts

A crafty, knitting, baking, foodie-artist, I loved receiving gifts that inspire and enable those passions. A knitting bowl, scarf pattern book, must-have kitchen essentials and handmade necklace made giddy when I thought of the beautiful people who know me well and fuel my passions.

3. Consumables

Let’s be real, I lurve food and all manner of beverage. Thank you for the bottles of wine, handmade caramel, shared appetizers and holiday drinks. Yeeeeees, I shared some of those consumables.

4. Doing Stuff Together

Whether it was saying a big F.U. to sending out cards at the office and having a pizza party instead, spending the afternoon snowshoeing with my sister, or baking and sharing an unholy amount of sugary treats every day, the time that I got to spend with the people I care the most about was fantastic. More stuff, be damned! Do stuff.

5. Time 

A great gift this year was the time that I gave myself over the holidays. Haha! See what I did there? 3 weeks at home in Northern Ontario was enough to get past the hurry and sink into every-day with my parents, siblings and niblings. Some yawning days to watch movies, pile wood, and play outside worked out any residual squirrelliness and brought me back to what’s real.

So, before you throw out the tree, dump the last of the shortbread and sniff out that lingering carton of eggnog, I wonder…

What gifts did you receive this holiday that you really loved?

Tell me in the comments. And don’t say it was underwear.

Unless you got some really kick-ass gitch, or a stockpile from your mom.

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