If you’re still wracking your brains for holiday gift ideas for people on your list, consider giving “Presents of Presence” this year – and skip the madness of last-minute Christmas shopping!
- Invitation to attend a local concert or play together
Nothing says you love someone more than your desire to spend time with them. How about picking a local show to attend together in the new year?
Besides supporting the theatre and culture scene on the North Shore, you will create a shared memory with loved ones. Check out upcoming shows, concerts and plays for all ages at these great venues right here in our community:
Presentation House Theatre
North Vancouver Community Players
Deep Cove Community Theatre
Kay Meek Arts Centre
- Invitation for a special homemade meal
We all know that food made with love tastes best. Why not create a special invitation for a home-cooked meal prepared by your own loving hands?
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef for others to appreciate your food. For instance, though I’m far from being a great cook, I know my friends love it when I make the effort to cook for them.
- Offering a lending hand
Everyone appreciates the precious gift of time, especially families with young children or people undergoing medical treatment. How about offering an evening of free babysitting? Or driving someone to their doctor’s appointment and waiting with them? Being there for people in need of support is a gift of deep compassion and care.
- Donating to someone’s favourite charity or helping out a holiday event
Pay your good fortune forward with generosity and kindness. Consider donating to a favourite charity on behalf of someone on your list. You can also check with local non-profit organizations to see if they need any volunteers for their holiday events.
- Signing up for a new activity to try together
With the new year just around the corner, how about registering for a fun new activity to try with someone you love? How about taking a painting class together? Woodworking? African drumming? Ukulele? Belly dancing? Pickleball?
You can even wrap your Presents of Presence for under the tree. Have fun, be creative, and enjoy the time you’ll save by not shopping!
Wiley is a long-time North Vancouver resident. She works as a technical writer and is the current newsletter editor for the North Shore Writers’ Association. She spends her free time feeding her twin passions of creative writing and hiking. She recently discovered a potential third passion - the pottery studio at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.