As much as this season is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” it can also be quite stressful. This time of year can be a strain on your emotions, mentality, and your wallet. We go out of our way to buy presents for those in our lives to show that we care, and may rip our hair out trying to determine what the perfect gift might be.

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I’ve gone to the mall many times not sure what to get family and friends for the holidays, and pray that something pops out at me. That, or we think we know what the perfect gift would be, but you can’t get it anywhere, not even online. And finally, when you present your gift, you hope that it doesn’t miss the mark, or that someone else did not get them the same thing.

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Often, we get wrapped up (not an intentional pun, but a happy accident) in the material aspect of the holidays that we forget that there are other ways to give and express our love and gratitude. Now in my mid-twenties, my Christmas list has drastically changed from when I was younger, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way. I don’t need anything grand waiting for me under the tree, but some help and relief from the day-to-day would mean a lot. I wouldn’t be surprised if you felt the same, too. So, when you are out shopping this year, consider new ways to serve your loved ones instead of having to buy them the same ornament for the third year in a row.

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