It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends! While I encourage you to shower your friends and family with love and appreciation throughout the year (especially with non-monetary gifts), I understand that holidays (and birthdays) are oftentimes the perfect opportunities to give and receive presents. Can you believe we’re just two short weeks away from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa? So, if you’re still wondering what to get your friends, here’s a list of great, budget-friendly gifts for teens. What’s more is that each gift serves a special purpose in boosting your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Does it get any better than that? Take a look, and please share your gift ideas below!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon radio stations playing 24-hours of Christmas tunes (NSYNCs Christmas album, anyone?), seen a myriad of commercials informing your Christmas wish lists (gotta love those Apple and Coca-Cola commercials), and wasted countless hours watching Christmas-themed films (It’s a Wonderful Life and Elf are among my favorites)! It’s so easy to get brain washed around the holidays, so easy to forget the true reason for the season.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the presents, but be present…be in the moment.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the gifts, but be a gift to someone else…give love.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the lights, but be the light in someone else’s life.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in the man, but in the Man…celebrate God’s promises.
And whatever holiday you celebrate, don’t get caught up in what society sells you, but listen to your heart for Christmas lives inside of you.
So, instead of letting (only) the presents under the tree bring you happiness, focus on giving and receiving what money can’t buy: peace, love, and joy!