This week is about holiday giving obsessions; the giving of your time during the holiday season. Because presents arriving at their final destination are on borrowed time, I thought a great gift would be the giving of your time. Therefore I created a list of gifts that will certainly please any recipient and not drain your bank account. These gift ideas are coming from the kindness of your heart and all it really costs you is a bit of your time. 


We all have someone in our family or maybe even a best friend, that would like to be tidier but don’t have the time. Just offering to clean the floors and bathrooms would be a godsend but how about changing out the bed linens as an extra bonus?

There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house, especially when you didn’t have to do it. You could offer your housecleaning skills as a one time deal or more than once. Depending on how much you like this person, of course. 

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People love to receive baked goods! If you have the ability and the time, your gift will be well-received by all. How about sharing a favorite family recipe for banana bread or cinnamon rolls? Including the recipe with your baked item makes it much more personable as well.

Not a baker? How about a casserole? Choose one that has been a family favorite for years and again include the recipe. Also, wrapping your dishes in a nice container with some holiday ribbon, not only adds to the finishing touches but also solidifies this as a gift. Don’t forget the card!

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Holiday Baking

Errand running

This is perfect for your neighbors or an elderly couple or even for someone that is dealing with a sick loved one. Caretakers have a tendency to forget about looking after themselves because they are so overwhelmed with doctors appointments or picking up prescriptions, or just the day to day care of looking after someone.

Taking some of the responsibilities off their back may allow some extra free time to do something enjoyable. Doing a little grocery shopping or picking up items from the dry cleaners can be invaluable to someone. All you have to do is ask. 

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Here are a few other ideas that would make anyone’s holiday a whole lot brighter

Dog Walking

Child Care or Babysitting for an evening

Yard Work: shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, or pulling weeds

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Washing the car

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Organizing a space

We all have one of those rooms in our house that could use a little order. You don’t need to be Marie Kondo for the job,  just a keen eye for arranging and sorting will do. 
After all, we are doing these things out of the kindness of our hearts, and for most, this is priceless. 

Please share holiday giving obsessions with friends and family who may need some gift ideas.

Happy Holidays everyone!!

We hope you saw something you would love to do regarding the giving of your time after reading this week’s weekly obsessions. Share the weekly obsessions by clicking one of the social buttons below or by copying the link. 

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