9 Creative Ways to Give This Christmas

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

In an ever increasingly individualistic and materialistic culture it’s good to take some time to re-evaluate our priorities. Have you heard of the analogy of the water dam and the sprinkler? The water dam stores up water and hordes it. Eventually, it becomes so full it overflows. On the other hand, the sprinkler functions as a means of re-distributing water. It’s basically a conduit through which water flows to nurture the grass, trees, and plants around it.

Here’s 9 suggestions of how to “spread some water” or giving around this Christmas season:

1. Throw a Party

Celebrate time together whether it’s in celebration of family, friends, community, life, Jesus, or something else. Have a game night and invite the neighbors. Wether it’s poker, party games, card games, or something else there’s lot of opportunities to build memories with others. Cook as a group and deliver a meal to those in need. Or visit a senior home and throw them a party. Or just take the time to listen to them. This can be a very lonely time of year for some people. Take some college students or teens out to eat. Celebrate in the presence of other people. Joy can be very contagious!

What kind of party could you throw this month?

 

2. Invite People to Your Home

Some of us have many luxurious items that others might enjoy. Be it a home theater system, the latest video game console, a pool, a ping pong table, a foosball table, friendly pets, etc. there always an experience you could share with others. Why keep it to yourself? See if there’s a way you can share your luxuries with others and build community.

Who could you invite to your home this month?

 

3. Contribute to Your Local Church or Favorite Charity

One idea is to give a gift card or other form of gift to your local ministers in appreciation for their service. Many churches try to do outreaches this time of year to help those in need. Our church does a Christmas Store once a year in an effort to give back to the local community and those in need. Every December, a couple weekends before Christmas we partner with local schools to help parents who have been crippled by the instability of our economy to “shop” for their children.

Check you this short 1 minute video of the Christmas store below.

 

 

Still another way to give back is to give to your favorite charity. Some of our favorite charities are:

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Gospel for Asia

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Compassion International

What additional donation to your church or charity could you give to this month?

 

4. Give to Others When You Receive

Christmas comes around the same time each year. Birthdays surprisingly also fall on the same date each year. It’s wonderful to receive gifts from friends and family. A good idea would be to give something away for each item you receive. When the kids get a new toy give one away. Why not right? Keep all the toys in a box and when it starts to overflow you know it’s time to do some spring or fall cleaning. When you get a new pair of pants, a shirt, or sweater give one away.

What could you give away this month?

 

5. Set Aside a Portion of Your Budget to Bless Others

Generosity is contagious. Regardless of your religion, studies have shown that those who give are happier and live longer than those who don’t. If you are a Christian call it a tithe or free will offering. Call it whatever you want but give! I don’t know anyone who has ever gone without because they were generous. Ann Frank said it well:

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What portion of your budget could you set aside to bless others this month?

 

6. Get Involved in The Community

With success and promotions comes added responsibilities in your career. However, don’t forget to give back to the community. Volunteer at the local shelter, food bank, or library. See if there are opportunities to volunteer at the local YMCA or community center. Or join organizations like the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America to invest in the lives of kids and teens.

What ways could you get involved with the community this month?

 

7. Contact Someone in Overseas or Inner City Outreach

Wether it’s an overseas missionary, volunteering with inner city opportunities, or becoming involved with local outreach like Apartment Life take time in reaching out to others. It can be easy to convince ourselves poor people don’t exist. Out of site out of mind kind of thing. Yet there are poor people all around us. It’s easy to build up our fences in our lives and ignore them.

Are you building fences or bridges? Where could you give back to help the poor?

 

8. Treat a Person to a Luxury They Could Never Afford

This could be a a gift in the form of a really nice meal, a sports event, a concert, or something else the person would normally not be able to afford. Or if you wanted to be more practical you could provide for a person’s need by buying someone a pre-owned car or paying a person in need’s rent for the month.

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What luxury or need could you gift this month?

 

9. Self-Impose a Luxury Tax

It’s a great idea when you treat yourself to a night out, a new purchase, a weekend get-away, luxury cruise, or a vacation to give to a worthy cause. Take say anywhere from 1% or 20% of the cost of the luxury and give a donation to your favorite charity, local church, or other cause.  You choose the numbers and conditions of course. But this can be a great way to give.

What kind of luxury tax could you impose on yourself to help you be generous to others?

 

I hope these were helpful, creative suggestions to stimulate your thinking in ways to be generous this holiday season. Are you acting like a sprinkler or a water dam this holiday season?

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How are you generous this time of year? What are your favorite charities? Can you think of any other creative ways to give this holiday season?

 

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

66 Comments

  1. It’s the season of giving after all! It’s always so nice to help those in need especially this season, it gives them something to hold on to. Even if it’s just a meal for tonight or some clothes.

  2. Such great ideas! We always give away clothes and toys that we no longer use, or need right after Thanksgiving, before the Christmas decorations even are allowed to come out. And we take part in a program at our church called You’ve Been gifted, where we give small gifts to strangers throughout the month of December – one per member of our family. My kids really enjoy finding a stranger to bless with a surprise (usually a starbucks gift card to someone in a checkout line at the store)

    • Marissa, glad you found the post useful. I really like the idea of gifting clothes or toys right after Thanksgiving. “You’ve Been Gifted” is also a really great way to give back to others and teach kids about giving. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. What wonderful and practical ideas! I love the application of whenever you receive something to give something. I just spent an entire day going through my girl’s rooms and removing clothes that don’t fit. If I gave something away every time they received, I probably would have saved a lot of time than if I wait for them to grow out of things that they hardly wear anyways. Plus, I could involve them and show them the importance of how it’s more blessed to give than receive.,
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    • Valerie, wow sounds like it was a busy day! Yes, giving a little each time we get certainly helps reduce clutter. And it helps those in need too. Great opportunity to teach the kids too. Thanks for reading!

    • Laura, thanks for checking out the post. It’s great to help others throughout the year and especially during the holidays. You should totally host a party. Would totally bless others.

  4. No, you cannot give yourself poor! I really like your point to invite someone over because it is very true that we all have something someone else could enjoy – just by being in our home. I hadn’t thought of several of the things you mentioned. Also, I like gifting a luxury. We had the opportunity to buy Thanksgiving for a family. The unexpected luxuries we gave them were Oreos and cheese. You never know what some people will be blessed by! But I do agree a bigger item is sometimes the right course to take. I would love it if family contributed to my children’s college accounts instead of buying them toys. Great post! Definitely food for thought. Pinning this. Stopping by from Snickerdoodle Sunday. Signing up for the newsletter. 🙂
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    • Wow Heaven thanks for the great comment. I love the story of the Oreos and cheese. Yes, plastic stuff or clothes are nice. That said, college is an investment in their future. You can always ask for people to contribute towards experiences like a zoo or museum membership too. Our in-laws did that this year and it’s so wonderful. Thanks for commenting and subscribing!

    • Brianna, giving is a beautiful thing and contagious too! As Jesus said it’s better to give than to receive. It’s the old saying our mission field is wherever we are. Grow where you are planted! Sometimes we idealize overseas work but you’re right missionaries in the USA have just as important work. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • His thanks for checking out the blog! Congrats to your son on his upcoming birthday! How old is he turning? Giving to charity is so important to teach kids at a young age. I’ve joined your link party and followed you guys on social media. What a great idea!

    • Tara, wow what experiences and stories you must have by participating in mobile Compassion Experience! What stood out to you? Compassion is such a wonderful organization. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  5. So many great ideas are included in this post. Some i had thought of before and others are new and awesome like the Luxury Tax! We will need to start implementing that!

    • Kristi, thanks for the encouragement! Yes, hopefully everyone can find something to relate to in order to get in the spirit of giving. A luxury tax can be a good method to give back. Thanks for reading!

  6. Wonderful post!! I wanted to let you know that I am featuring your post for this week’s party, I hope you stop by again on Thursday. I love that you included children’s charity. Thank you for linking up, over at #Bloggerspotlight linky party. Pinned!

    • Christina wow that’s such a great honor! Thanks for featuring this post. I will stop by again on Thursday for sure! Thanks too for hosting the link party and pinning the post. Have a great week!

  7. These are wonderful ideas. Too often we are too absorbed with trying to throw our money away on frivolous items. This brings back the true meaning of Christmas. Thanks for sharing in The Pinterest Game.

    • Jennifer, I love the Pinterest game party. It’s so true that we are tempted to be self-absorbed this time of year with all the stress and activity of the holidays. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the post!

  8. I have never heard the dam/sprinkler analogy; what a great picture of giving. These are all wonderful suggestions — and even better when we put them into action! 🙂 I think we often underestimate how much hospitality (your #1 and #2) is a form of giving. After living on our street for five years, we hosted a dessert/coffee one December, and found out that only about 3 of the 10 families on this street even knew each other — wow. It was a great time, and many friendships began that night. One year we wrote our daughter a letter about giving and put money in it. We told her it was her money to do with as she chose, as long as she gave at least 50% away (to any good cause she chose). She gave all of it plus some of her own to fight human trafficking, and it has been a passion of hers since. I don’t remember where I first heard of this idea, but it was a great way to encourage generosity in young people — she chose the amount, did the research, and chose the best cause/organization; as a result, she still advocates in different ways.

    This is a great article! Thanks for sharing it in #ThePinterestGame, and congratulations for winning! I’ll be sharing it on other social media as well! 🙂 Have a great Christmas! ~~ Wendy, #ThePinterestGame cohost

    • Wow Wendy that’s amazing that you lived on your street for 5 years and some neighbors didn’t know each other. Love that idea of dessert or coffee it’s less stressful than a full meal and still have good times together. I love the idea of getting your daughter to give at least 50% away of what you gave her. Thanks for stopping by from the Pinterest game.

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