I go back and forth on the issue of holiday gifts. After all, is it really necessary to buy something for someone as a way to tell them we care for them? And, is it really necessary to expend so much time and energy every December prowling in shopping malls in search of a perfect gift that probably doesn't even exist? Still, I appreciate this time of year, because it may be one of the few times we really reflect on, and show gratitude for, those people who enrich and cheer our lives.
But, in the interest of stress relief, I'd like to suggest four gifts that promote peace and good health ... as well as save a stressful trip to the mall.
1) A Gift Certificate for a soothing, relaxing, peaceful massage. I offer 30-minute, one-hour, and 90-minute sessions. A massage is a wonderful way to provide a healthy gift that will be truly enjoyed. My gift certificates are good for sessions in either my Orange or Madison office, or you may purchase a pamering in-home session for your loved one. I have beautiful holiday gift certificates that will look gorgeous just wrapped in a bow. You can order a gift certificate by phone at 540-672-9528 or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com. If you're in the area, I will happily hand-deliver the gift certificate to you, so you'll have it in plenty of time for the holidays ... or I can drop it in the mail to you.
2) Or ... give a Yoga Gift Certificate for a session of yoga in Madison or a very special in-home private session. This is a unique and fun gift for a loved one as well! Just contact me by phone or email (see above) for more information.
3) Adopt A Wild Animal. Support the health and well-being of a special wild creature. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wonderful organization and one of the nation's premier wildlife hospitals, offers special "Caring For Critters" adoption gift kits that provide food and care for its education animals. You can adopt a possum, a bald eagle, a screech owl, a vulture, and a number of other non-releasable animals that the Center cares for. There's even Monty the Python (he's one of my favorites!) You'll get a sweet little "adoption kit" to wrap and place under the tree. (You can also add a Wildlife tee-shirt to your adoption kit ... another great stocking stuffer!) For information, visit www.wildlifecenter.org and click on the "Caring For Critters" link at the bottom of the page.
4) Mercy Kits. Mercy Corps is another one of my favorite charitable organizations. They provide critically needed support to people in need throughout the world. They are one of the world's most effective providers of food and medical supplies in the wake of natural disasters and in war zones. Mercy Corps offers special holiday "Mercy Kits" that earmark donations to specific projects they carry out around the world. What a wonderful way to honor a loved one and make a difference in the life of a person in need. Visit www.mercycorps.org for more information.
I hope these ideas save you a trip to the mall ... so you can spend that time with those you love!