I’ll never forget the year I left my Christmas shopping until the very last minute – and ended up panic-buying my soon-to-be mother-in-law a nice case of wine.
The problem? She wasn’t a wine drinker. At all.
Being far too kind to say anything, she smiled politely, and quietly popped the box in the cupboard – where it remains to this day.
I mean, I love Christmas, and I really love it when I manage to find gifts that the people in my life actually WANT to receive (unlike that case of wine). But unless you happen to be the ultra-organised Monica Geller type, the pre-Christmas period often resembles more of a mad, blind panic instead of a serene, magical experience.
When you’re tackling that end-of-year madness, and you have a to-do list longer than your arm (think present-buying, decorations, menu-planning, baking, socialising…) it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying things that people don’t really want. They're purchased purely for the sake of saving face and having a prettily-wrapped present to place under the tree for them to open come December 25.
And even if you do manage to pick a gift they want, do they actually NEED it? I know the spirit of Christmas is all about giving and being generous, but these days, Christmas seems to have become a race to purchase endless stuff that none of us really need.
So what’s the solution, I hear you ask?
Enter – a meaningful gift. The type that actually helps others, and shows the gift recipient that you care about something far more important than forking out for the latest toy or tech gadget.
So why not opt for a Make-A-Wish “Wish Kringle” Christmas card? They make thoughtful presents, while making a positive difference to children battling life-threatening illnesses.