I opened a magazine a few weeks back at random and there in the spread were snowflakes, bows, and gifts, gifts, gifts. Since holiday commercials have been playing since before Halloween (I know, I know, I’m rolling my eyes, too), this was not a surprising reminder of the hustle and bustle that¬†would soon be erupting all around us. While I didn’t particularly appreciate that the Hallmark store¬†in our local mall¬†was decked in red and green¬†by mid-October, I’ll be honest, a part of me liked it a teeny tiny bit (shhhh, I didn’t say that).
So while everyone was still prepping for Halloween I was secretly reading a featured article, “Twenty Under $20,” for early gift ideas. Though I try not to overfeed the holiday¬†materialism monster, I love gift giving when I know I’ve discovered something someone will be excited about. As I ticked down the list I couldn’t really pick anything that fit the unique tastes of my giftees. Even though I would have loved to receive any of the items, that wasn’t quite the goal.¬†Thus, the twenty for $20 failed me. Not to fret! It was still October, after all (*cough*), so I had plenty of time to find those just right items.
To help you avoid the “one size fits all, but doesn’t really fit anyone” tips abounding for the holidays I’ve put together my own¬†twenty under $20, according to individual taste and personality.¬† Think of the likes, needs, ¬†hopes, and aspirations of¬†your gift recipients and you’re sure to find something that will bring a smile to their faces!
For the cook and/or gardener: Llewellyn’s 2012 Herbal Almanac, The Wild and Weedy Apothecary
From garden to kitchen and many steps in between, these books are sure to engage any gardener/chef interested in the use of herbs.
For the¬†healer or health seeker: The Healer’s Manual, Unlocking the Healing Code
Whether gifted for personal use or for those working to help others around them, these books offer guidance on the road to healing.
For the perfectionist or¬† workaholic: Creative Visualization for Beginners, Freeing the Genie Within
These books will guide your success-seeker in maintaining healthy balance in a stressful world while they aim to achieve their many goals.
For the spiritual student: You Are Clairvoyant, Ignite Your Psychic Intuition
These books are perfect for anyone who is venturing into spiritual exploration and opening to¬†divine guidance and inner wisdom.
For the writer: Writing the Divine, How to Write for the New Age Market
Whether they are using their writing for personal enrichment or are looking to break out professionally, these books will have your writer whipping out their pen with a frenzy!
I’ll leave you with a laugh, as I¬†think this¬†song by Straight No Chaser expresseses it best:¬†¬†As you prepare for festivities, family, and fun remember to keep it all in good spirit and¬†avoid the stressful whirlwind as best you can! Hopefully this list will¬†start you out right and keep you thinking of the unique and special people in your life.