Women's roles in society
If you’re looking to brighten up the holiday season for a woman in your life, you may be ready to get creative. Here are a few ideas that might be exactly what she needs to relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Pack Smart When Traveling
Take packing stress off her list by remembering little details, like mailing presents to their destination ahead of time, or packing gift cards in your suitcase. For super easy relaxation at your destination, make sure that everyone’s pajamas and toiletries are packed all together, so that you don’t have to rifle through every suitcase to get into bed.
Listen To What She Wants
If you’ve asked a woman what she wants to get for a holiday gift, she might say nothing. Some people insist they don’t want anything so that they can feel okay getting gifts, but many people truly mean that they don’t want anything. Maybe their house is too full already, or they feel that they have enough while others do not. In this case, consider donating to a charity that the woman in question would support herself.
There are many amazing charities around the world that support women and girls. Do a little research, find one that works within her stated goals, and then give her the gift receipt as her present.
Make Decorating Easy
In the age of Photoshop, Pinterest, and endless craft supplies, it can seem like you need to start prepping your holiday decorating plan in June to be ready for Black Friday. Whether you want to go whole hog or hold back, one way to make your decorating plan a little simpler is to replace your traditional Christmas tree with a fake one.
Fake Christmas trees have come a long way in the past few years, and instead of having sparse branches and ugly smells, they are durable, easy to store, and easy to bring out every year. They also save you the bother of cutting a tree, dragging it home, and then getting pine needles all through your house as you drag it out again.
Ask What She Needs To Get Ready
In many relationships, women take the lead on many aspects of holiday planning, from scheduling events to cooking or booking caterers to doing whatever gift shopping is necessary. To make the situation easier for her to manage, ask her how you can help, and then follow through.
Don’t make a big stink out of it, or make her do half the work; just find out how you can make things easier for her, and then follow through.
Consider Dropping Traditions That Are High Stress
If shopping for everyone in your family is a nightmare, propose that your family set up a gift swap, or a big family meal, instead of gift giving. If you’ve gone to the Nutcracker every single year, but it always involves the kids crying and crying, suggest that it’s okay to give it a pass, or for her to go and enjoy the show on her own.
Take the time to see what’s stressful for her, and offer to work with her to reconsider the rituals to either make them more feasible or at least not so stressful.
Check Out Your Car Ahead Of Time
If you’re going to be on the road during the holidays, make sure to look over your car before you hit the road. Check the wiper fluid, oil, tire pressure, and clean out the inside of the car so that you’ll feel relaxed as you drive.
Stock up on family favorite music to keep everyone happy and engaged on the drive, and plan extra driving time to allow for stops to play and run around.
Go Ahead And Gift Wrap At The Store
Yes, it’s often a little bit extra, but saving the hassle of needing to wrap presents at home is more than worth the extra few dollars or minutes. Many stores have charities come in to manage the gift wrapping for them, and you can donate to the charity at the same time.
Say Yes When People Offer To Help
If you’re hosting a holiday party, people generally ask if there’s anything they can do to help. Tell them yes! Have a plan ahead of time; who would like to greet people at the door, take coats, or place any presents under the tree?
Your guests will be happy to help, instead of standing around feeling awkward, and you’ll reduce stress for your whole family by letting them focus on the tasks they need to take care of.
What are your favorite tricks to make the holidays brighter for women around you?