Help the local arts community grow. A $60 donation to theFund will support 28 different art and cultural nonprofits in San Antonio. Plus, it comes with a card for discounts on admission and purchases at all represented organizations, all year long.
A gift of learning lasts forever. Just $25 will place a budding writer in a Gemini Ink workshop. They can write about what a wonderful gift this was.
Spend time with your family. The San Antonio Symphony is offering a Family Holiday Pops Concert on December 19, at Trinity University. Pre-concert activities include petting zoo, conducting lessons and much more. Bring a donation of children's socks and underwear to benefit Mission Road Ministries, and you'll receive a voucher for 2 tickets to an upcoming Symphony concert.
My family knows I don't give video games, gadgets which require batteries or toys that have many small pieces--some of which immediately disappear, only to show up in the dog's poop. But, I have given a giraffe. The San Antonio Zoo offers “adopt an animal” at various levels beginning at $25.
Give a gift of music and support a great cause. A Miracle Foundation Christmas CD contains nineteen songs by Texas artists such as Bob Schneider, Dale Watson, Kacy Crowley, and many more. CD is $20 and available here.
Instead of a material gift, think about what someone needs to make their life better and easier. Look into being a mentor or volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels. Or, offer to grocery shop for that older relative who needs a ride and/or some companionship.
Last, but not least, a gift for yourself. From a blog by my friend “The Old Silly.” “Make a new friend. Someone who you would not normally allow into your life. Someone different than you, maybe from a different ethnic, religious, and/or economic background. Invite him or her (and family if they have one) over for dinner and really talk. Get to know each other. One new friend a year creates a vast wealth of emotional/spiritual richness in your life.”
What are your alternative gift suggestions?
Whatever your celebration, may it be merry.
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