Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

November 26, 2007

Creative gift giving makes the holiday season more enjoyable for everyone

Special to the Democrat

It’s a challenge we face every year — what to do about gifts for Christmas. Our loved ones and friends need some TLC, but how best to show it? Creativity and innovation expert Gregg Fraley put together some fun and thoughtful ideas for everyone on your gift list, items that are great for even the thinnest of budgets and more meaningful, too.

Fraley said, “It’s daunting; it’s complex; and it is often something we find hard to be inventive about. Panic, procrastination, and, yes, fear get in the way of creative thinking. You don’t have to buy something awful just to cross someone off your list; there is no heart or creativity in that.”

He adds, “First, get out of panic mode and start thinking creatively by writing down some facts and feelings you have about each person. Keep a little notebook for your creative gift project. Jam ideas at every odd moment of the day, look to those facts and feelings for inspiration. If you continue your personal brainstorming for a few days, you’ll get breakthrough ideas. Finally, take action on those ideas and you’ll get through the season without last minute hysteria.”

Fraley’s approach offers some creative ideas to address the Christmas Challenge. It’s not about money; it’s about creative thinking! Following, in no particular order, are 23 creative ideas for this year’s holiday gifting challenge, for more details on each idea, visit Gregg’s blog, www. http://greggfraley.blogspot.com/:

1. Write something personal in a well-selected or handmade card. Why not make a card a very personal and meaningful gift? Don’t just sign your name, write a real note. If you have time, make a card yourself.

2. Send pictures. Pictures are personal and make meaningful gifts. Find, or create, a really good photograph for your inner circle. The web makes it easy to post pictures for sharing, and you can do that (if you do, try www.flickr.com; it’s so easy), but an old-fashioned printed photograph is something that is treasured.

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