Let’s Hack The Holidays!!

christmas computerWell here we are, just past Thanksgiving (depending on your neck of the woods), and there’s nothing much in between here and the decorations coming out of the attic, with the exception of Scrooge showing up on TV somewhere. With that said, it’s about time to really get down to our online Christmas shopping thing, yes? Personally I refuse to count down, once the  “40 days left” mark hits, just because it seems to cause great panic in my readers (and my husband), but none-the-less it’s time to get off our butts and get the lead out.

The butt I’m speaking of here is a proverbial one – if you’re taking my advice – because by shopping online you can keep sitting on your butt all day, while you pick out something wonderful for your loved ones :-).

I was just over at lifehacker (an excellent blog btw), and thought of a brilliant – if not completely unoriginal concept… hacking the holidays! Now, when I say hack, what I mean is – to get inside the wants and needs of people you love without them knowing – to drop their jaws with some fantastic gift idea that either surprises them completely, or helps them in some way that would otherwise have gone neglected.

OK, so here’s how we do it. Today, we are going to concentrate on the needs of the people you love – in order to get them a gift that answers that need. Not the wants, but the needs. The wants are almost too easy to hack anyway, it’s the “needs” that people don’t necessarily advertise. One of the best ways I know to give a meaningful gift is by helping their health in the process.

Maybe you know someone who’s not necessarily at their peak condition. Perhaps your college buddy has developed a tummy to match good ol’ Saint Nick… or maybe your sister in law has eaten far too many Halloween candy this year, and it’s really starting to show.  A gym membership would be a great gift, if it didn’t immediately suggest that you think the receiver of that membership was a lazy, useless, slob. So we can forget about that – and anyway – have you seen the cost of gym memberships lately? It’s really not cheap. You could also get your Auntie a nice over-sized dress, or play “guess her weight” and get whacked with a Christmas ham at some point over the holidays. No, not wise I’m afraid. What we have to do here is devise a method from which you can extract the most service from your gift, with the least negative implications – contextually speaking. Speaking of “extract” here is a bloody good gift idea for your loved ones who may not be x Olympians.

Buy them a juicer!! Here is an excellent gift idea. If they have a juicer, buy them a juice recipes book! If you’re the second cousin of Donald Trump, buy them a Juicing spa retreat! I’m not kidding, Jack Lalanne is right about the health benefits of juicing. As you can tell by now I’ve been reading juicing recipes for health, a great site about the benefits of juicing, and with the authors unique approach + the videos he spreads throughout his site I have been converted to a juicing fanatic myself lately. So if I’ve given you that “aha” moment, head over there to find lots of great info, combined with any juicer or recipe book under the sun available to buy.

Appliances always make great gifts as well, because whenever these contraptions get used it’s always you they think about. Nothing wrong with that in my book.

If all of your loved ones are close relatives to Lance Armstrong, then perhaps you can forgo the juicer and look at other hacks to get inside their secret needs, but keep thinking along these lines. Health is one gift that keeps on giving long after you’ve thrown away the wrapper. Try thinking of some online Christmas shopping that helps in areas that are healthy and promote things like a balanced diet and good nutrition whenever you can (stealthily of course  :-)), because if your gift helps them stay healthy for years to come, you are giving them the greatest gift possible!