The season of gift-giving is upon us. This is a time to show your loved ones just how much they mean to you. It is also a time when your loved ones will be thinking about all the changes they could make in their lives in the form of New Year’s resolutions. So this year, instead of shopping at the mall for something pretty, consider gifts that will encourage personal development. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas that could pleasantly surprise even the biggest self-improvement junkie of all.
1. A Weekend Away
Travel is the one thing that truly advances personal growth. It is the best way to step out of our comfort zones and learn something new about the world we live in – and about ourselves. For the loved one that could use some time away from it all, try booking a short trip depending on what you think they need. If you can’t afford a first class flight to the Bahamas, look for something closer. There are all kinds of personal retreats and weekends to choose from, all of which bring peace as they help people work on themselves.
2. A Day at the Spa
Giving anyone some “me time” is sure to be appreciated. It’s such a simple gesture, but as it turns out, a much-needed one. Most of us are too caught up in the daily grind to make time to take care of ourselves. Send your friend to a massage parlour for some relaxation or give them a coupon for a full spa day with all kinds of luxurious face and body masks. Let others work on your friend’s outside appearance so that they can focus on improving and harmonizing what’s inside. Even something as simple as a manicure would work.
3. A “Selfie-Improvement” Class
Self-improvement junkies like to keep learning throughout their lives. Books are a nice thought, but you could get more creative with a gift certificate for a class that will steer them towards a new skill in a hands-on way. Knowledge is a gift that keeps on giving, so try to find some classes that are both educational and fun, like professional photography short courses. Your friend could gain serious picture-taking skills and their selfie game is not all that would be improved. Before you know it, you could have all your most important moments captured forever in a beautiful photograph by one of the most important people in your life. And what is a moment today if it’s not caught on camera?
4. An Experience
One way to do the impossible, and to actually buy happiness is to give someone the gift of an experience. Look for tickets to a play or a concert. Find an interesting wine-tasting event, or surprise your friends and family with some heart-pumping skydiving. Consumer goods come and go, but experiences last a lifetime.
5. A Language App Subscription
What better way for somebody to work on themselves than to learn a language? Give your friend the gift of an entire language by finding an app that will allow them to practice every day. Don’t just get them any random app that they could download themselves. Buy them a one month, or a one-year subscription to an advanced application. These often have both audio and visual materials available – and possibly even some language games as well. Just make sure to choose a language you know will be interesting to them.
6. Instructions for Meditation
Without a doubt, the benefits of meditating are astounding – everyone should try it at least once. Meditation is known for balancing emotions, lowering blood pressure and providing peace of mind. If you are low on cash, you might not be able to get your loved one a bunch of fancy meditation classes. That’s where creativity comes in! All you need to do is get a pen and paper so that you could write out the instructions for meditating for that loved one that needs them. Making a friend happy could be as simple as that!
Hopefully, these ideas will help you in your search for the perfect way to surprise all those people you love.
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