I hope that you can relax that you experience love, laughter, and lots and lots of smiling this holiday season. “I just like smiling! Smiling is my favorite” - Buddy the Elf.

Life is different, and sometimes a bit daunting. Give yourself grace when needed, and spread joy and love when you can. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

I love the conversations and trends of expressing gratitude and the importance of spending less money on gifts. I want to encourage you to consider experience-based gifts and setting parameters on your spending and gift quantities. If you are done with your shopping, I hope these ideas will guide future gift-giving.

Is an experience-based gift a good option at this time? Yes! Things will open up again, and experiences create positive memories that stuff and the addition of clutter will not. Buying with purpose and creativity makes the gifts more personal.