A Worry-Free Guide to Gifting 

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on community wellness and inspiring others.)

It’s Thanksgiving Day and all across America, folks are taking a moment to let friends and family know how they have played a positive role in each other’s lives. Families will gather for a feast and a day of love, laughter and memories.

Also on the agenda? The countdown to Christmas. If the thought of December 25 being just 28 days away makes your anxiety levels sore, we’d like to calm you down. While most people stress about money and others about getting everything done, some worry about finding just the right gift for each person on the list. Everyone looks for a meaningful way to express their gratitude and demonstrate just how special each individual is.

We’ve got a few ways you can carry your feelings of thankfulness from today throughout the holiday season, while presenting the perfect gift for all your special people. The following ideas not only are a special way to say thank you, but they won’t drain the bank account, either. It’s a win-win for everyone.

A mixtape (or playlist)

Frame something meaningful

Create a puzzle of a special photo

Bake bread, cookies and muffins and create a basket of goodies

A journal with personalized notes and a beautiful pen

A countdown calendar that includes a positive message for each day

A voucher for a day spent with you

Pass down a family heirloom

A homemade Christmas ornament

A family calendar filled with important dates

Hand-made meditation beads

Tuition to an interesting class or workshop

Coupons for your services, such as weekly meal prep or monthly yardwork

A car emergency kit

Socks, mittens, scarves or a comfy blanket for the colder months

A few free months of streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu

Donate to a charity in someone’s name