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There is always joy in gift-giving, but what about the intention behind the gifts you are giving? Will your gifts offer something more substantial for longer term growth, happiness, or usefulness?

This holiday season, take time to reflect and get the gift so precious that its value cannot be determined.
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1. Spending Quality Time
Take this opportunity and make plans to get together with your extended family, cook and invite them over for a home-cooked meal and keep up to date with everyone’s well-being.

“If you truly love life, don’t waste time; because time is what life is made of.” ~ Bruce Lee

Break away from your busy routine and spend quality couple time, perhaps a romantic picnic or a walk down the beach? Spending enough couple time builds intimacy, opens communication and strengthens your bond, which in turn strengthens your marriage. If you have children, they will observe and learn and in turn, will provide them with a good example for their own future relationships.

Or consider a trip down Orchard Road for the light display or enjoy the evening at Gardens by the Bay.
 
2. Gadget Detox

It is a common sight to see mobile phones and tablets on the dinner table and they seemed to have invaded our lives overnight.
 
Spending time with loved ones should be an enjoyable experience for all without the distraction of phone alerts. So stack up all your mobiles and leave them a side (or in a “Gadget Jail” where the first person’s phone who beeps has to do a penalty of the other participants’ choice) and play a fun word game to start the conversation going.

“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives." ~Steven Spielberg

3. Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine for the mind and body; it is also one of the most infectious gifts to share. Let this season be a light hearted one, goof around and don’t be afraid to be silly. Start up a fun conversation like “What’s the funniest thing that happened in your life?” and keeping the ball going!

Remember when you were a child and life was so carefree that you didn’t care about your silly laughing outbursts? Include children in your holiday list to bring you back in time! Invite friends and family with young children over for children-friendly games like Charades and be surprised by how simple life can be through their eyes.

“Sometimes life gets so difficult that you just need to laugh about it.” ~ Katy Perry

4. Handmade memories
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“The best thing about memories…. is making them” ~Unknown

Make a card and they don’t need to be greeting-card standard, and write out thoughtful messages to your family. Make a simple box and wrap it up many times over to prolong the element of surprise. Letting your loved ones know how special they are may be better than any other gift they get this holiday season.

If you have children, get them involved in decorating the cards. With the effort the children put in decorating and with thoughtful messages, it will make this handmade card the perfect family gift to grandpa and grandma or family friends.

5. Volunteer your time
Give back to the community by donating to the vulnerable and volunteer your services to the needy. Pick a charity or society that your family can contribute together, like putting together hampers for the needy or visiting the elderly to bring cheer to them. In return, you will accomplish a sense of achievement and teach your children life lessons and that Christmas is not only about receiving, it is also about giving.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ~ Mother Teresa
 

Here are 3 tips for donating to charity:


1) Donate meaningfully

For example, if its for victims of a natural disaster, consider useful essentials like blankets, torch lights, sweaters or canned food (that is not expired or expiring soon). 

 

2) Donate appropriately

Before donating, ask yourself if you’d purchase them at a second-hand store, they should still be in a usable or good condition. Otherwise, throw them away. 


3) Donate efficiently

Donation drives are usually handled by volunteers, help make their jobs easier by grouping items in groups that go together.

If you have received/given or thinking about giving a priceless gift to your loved ones, share it with us here!

 

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