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Giving Guide – Gifting Made Easy

  • December 2nd, 2023
  • By Pathway Caring for Children

Giving is associated with many different health benefits. Studies suggest that acts of generosity, such as giving gifts or helping others, can contribute to improved mental well-being, reduced stress levels, and increased overall happiness.

Engaging in altruistic behavior has been linked to positive physiological changes, including lower blood pressure and a boost in the release of feel-good neurotransmitters. Additionally, the social connections formed through giving can provide a sense of belonging and support, further promoting both mental and emotional health.

Do you know someone who needs to practice self-care? What do you give the person who has it all? Are you looking for sensory toys, racking your brain to come up with educational fun for teens, wanting to incorporate diversity into your celebrations, or thinking about fun for the whole family? We’ve got you covered! Read below and click on the links to view a whole list of ideas and Giving Guides for anyone in your life!

Self-Care (Full Guide HERE)

A self-care gift is a thoughtful way to show someone you care about their well-being and encourage them to take time for themselves and prioritize mental well-being.

  • Journal
  • Weighted Blanket
  • Sound Machine

The Person Who Has It All (Full Guide HERE)

The most meaningful gifts often come from the heart and show that you’ve put thought into creating a special and personal experience. Think about how to show appreciation or spend quality time on a mutually enjoyable activity.

  • Coupon Book
  • Handwritten Note or Letter
  • Charitable Donation in their Name

Fun for the Whole Family (Full Guide HERE)

When selecting gifts for families, it’s thoughtful to choose items or experiences that can be enjoyed collectively.

  • Family Movie Night Package
  • Memory Jar
  • Meal Kit Subscription

Therapeutic Toys for Kids (Full Guide HERE)

It’s important to approach gift-giving for children who have experienced trauma with sensitivity and consideration. Sensory and therapeutic gifts aim to provide comfort, support, and opportunities for healing. Sensory toys are excellent gifts for children as they promote engagement, exploration, and development of their senses.

  • Kinetic Sand
  • Sensory Board
  • Quality Time

Celebrate Diversity (Full Guide HERE)

Promoting diversity through thoughtful gifts is a wonderful way to celebrate and appreciate different cultures, perspectives, and identities.

  • Virtual Cultural Experiences
  • Cultural Cuisine Cookbook
  • Diverse Dolls or Toys

Teen Gifts (Full Guide HERE)

Educational gifts for teens can be both enjoyable and enriching. Look for items that not only support their academic development but also spark their curiosity and creativity. The goal is to make learning enjoyable and tailored to their specific interests.

  • DIY Craft Supplies
  • Seed Packets or Small Indoor Plants
  • Snack Packs

While there are many benefits to giving it is important to note that gift-giving can contribute to the overall stress of the holidays for many individuals. To minimize any burden associated with giving, it’s helpful to set realistic expectations, communicate openly about gift-giving options with others, and focus on the thoughtfulness behind the gesture rather than the material value of the gift.

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