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If giving gifts is part of your holiday tradition, I would like to show you how to select those gifts in a mindful manner. To begin, think about the recipient of the gift. Who is she? What does she enjoy? Ask yourself what would this person want? So often we choose gifts based on what we want for them rather than what they would want for themselves. Spend some time thinking before shopping and your selection will most likely improve. Another way to give a gift is to give a gift of your time. I’m sure the overworked single mom on your gift list could use someone to do a chore for her rather than a new sweater. Your sister-in-law who complains she and her husband never get out would probably love an offer to babysit in place of a blender. When you take the time to be mindful of who your gift recipient is, what their needs are, and what they might appreciate the most, your gift-giving should be much easier.  And, if you feel pressure to get the perfect gift, give yourself the gift of releasing that goal. There truly is no such thing as perfection anyway, so why bother? Adapted from Mindful Bites – Joyful Life: 365 Days of Mindful Eating. Available in bookstores everywhere.

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