When someone gives you a gift of food, thank them graciously. Then quickly give it to someone who has a family and will enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy that someone gave you a nice gift, enjoy that you gave someone a nice gift, enjoy that they eat and enjoy the gift - more enjoyment for you, fewer calories for you, too! Everyone wins!
I REALLY don't need more stuff, and when I talk about it with others, I'm finding a sense of agreement. In some cases, I'm "re-gifting" - giving away something I have that I KNOW someone else wants and needs more than I use or care for it. That feels good. I'm not laying my "white elephants" on someone else at a holiday party. Doing a service makes me feel good. Making someone something while holding them lovingly in my heart feels really good. And all that makes Holidays feel good!
Do everything you need to do ahead of time for Thanksgiving on Tuesday because Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving) is a great time for holiday shopping. The stores are almost empty, the kids don't have to do homework for the next day, and many places already have their Black Friday prices marked. (And some stores will give you the difference if the price goes down within a certain amount of time.) I used to take my nieces shopping on that day. I'd pick them up after school. (continued)
About 20 years ago my entire extended family decided that being together is our present to ourselves & we no longer needed to exchange gifts outside of our immediate families. When that joint decision was made, it was one of the happier days of my life. I was always stressed before the holidays ---there was too much to do at home, at work, at school ---and then buy presents, too. Gifts are not essential for the holidays... (click title for more)
For birthdays and holidays I make my own wrapping paper with some stamps, earth-friendly ink and recycled light colored packing paper. A great way to personalize the gifts, and a great way to get kids involved in both recycling and gift giving :)
Whenever I see a co-worker or a friend trying to make healthy life changes, I give them a healthy gift (weights, a fitness journal,etc.) so that they can see that I'm supporting them in their journey to better health.This both motivates them to keep their healthy habits & it also makes me happy.
Incentives are an important aspect of reaching weightloss goals or any life goals in general. Pick something you love to do and set a time line and go for it. A mani / pedi for 5lbs weight loss, New workout gear for 10lbs , massage for 15lbs loss and so on. You Catch my drift.
For my birthday and Christmas, my mom always wants "ideas" of things I would like to have. I started keeping a list throughout the year. When I find something I would like but won't buy it for myself, I write it on the list. When the holidays come around and I still want the item, I have ideas.