Many people have taken stock of what really matters to them in the last two years, and are reflecting those values during the holiday season. Helping others is one of the biggest natural antidepressants, but how can you give creatively and thoughtfully this year? Below, we’ve listed a few ways that you can use your skills, time, and wallet to support your community and those you care about without wrapping paper or a trip to the post office.
Hone Your New Hobby
Whether you learned a new hobby or reignited an old one in the past few years, put those crafty skills to work and consider handmade gifts this holiday season! Not only will these gifts have a more personal touch, but working with your hands has many benefits for the maker, including increased relaxation and decreased stress and anxiety. So whether you are putting that sourdough starter in a jar for your family or crocheting your friends matching winter hats, get crafting!
Donate Your Time and Talent
The gift of time is one that is often overlooked but that can be the most beneficial to those in need. Volunteering can help you to feel more connected to your community, grow your skills, and give you the chance to meet like-minded people. If you don’t know where to start, there are easy ways to find volunteering opportunities in your area! You can use VolunteerMatch to search for opportunities across the United States based on your interests and location, or for our New Hampshire readers, VolunteerNH is a great place to get started.
Honor Your Heroes
Another creative gift to consider this year is to support a cause or charity in honor or in memory of someone close to you. Finding a cause that aligns with a friend or loved one’s values, passions, and goals and donating in their name can create a unique connection and honor them for years to come. If there is an educator, youth-serving professional, or a loved one who has touched your life in a meaningful way this year, you can honor them with a gift to Media Power Youth. Our new online giving page at mediapoweryouth.org/donate will enable you to send a personalized email to the recipient letting them know how you are paying forward their kindness. However you chose to gift your time and talent this holiday season, we hope these experiences fill you with joy and refresh your spirit. Happy Holidays!