Only 42 shopping days until Christmas. There are those few hardy souls who plan months ahead and have been buying all year — and then the rest of us who are beginning to realize it is time to get started.
I recently heard a couple of ideas worth considering.
One requires time, but no money. The idea came from my friend Jeanne Craig. A few weeks ago she celebrated a birthday and when asked by her daughter what she wanted for a gift, she said, “I would like each of my children and grandchildren to give me two hours of their time just to take care of some of the things around the house that I have difficulty doing.”
On Jeanne's birthday, they all showed up. They washed windows inside and out. Weeded flower beds and applied new mulch. Repaired a fountain. Removed a dead bush. Transplanted two rose bushes. Cut out trees growing in two bushes and trimmed a dead part out of an evergreen tree. They cleaned up when they were finished.
Jeanne says it is the best gift she ever received.
That is a gift I can see for single parents, working moms, retired parents, grandparents and friends and family members who can no longer “do it all.”
Available for errands
Along the same lines is a service called “A 2nd Me.” Two young stay-at-home moms, Paula Abrams and Katie Dedmond, will run errands like trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy or the cleaners and even do personal gift shopping. They will wait at your home for the cable guy or repairman so you don't have to miss work.
If you have a caregiver on your list, they will sit with their loved one while the caregiver runs errands or takes care of personal needs and will do light cooking and cleaning.
They charge an hourly fee, with no extra cost for mileage. A gift of a few hours would be welcomed by anyone.
Check out their website: www.a2ndme.com or phone them: Paula at 642-3060; Katie at 210-3409.
That is a gift you might give to yourself!
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.