Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!

A gift-giving strategy that’s down to earh – and good for it, and your wallet!

“Merry and bright, this year? With all the economic woes, possible lockdowns, steadily increasing inflation, unrest, instability, and supply chain shortages? A bright and merry Christmas really does seem inconceivable this year. In fact, even celebrating Christmas in the midst of all this seems almost crazy, let alone trying to make it merry and bright! And Christmas gifts? What a distressing thought!

So I’ve got an idea for a new kind of gift gifting this year: The 5-hand Christmas! A simple strategy that’s both down-to-earth – and good for it! And so good for your wallet that could actually take the stress out of your Christmas gift-buying!

Have a Five-Hand Christmas this year!

The Five Hand Christmas

  • A great way to take the commercialism and materialism out of Christmas.
  • The gifts are a lot of fun.
  • They are more personal, and therefore, more meaningful.
  • They can teach kids (and remind ourselves) that to show love and care we don’t always have to spend money or a lot of it.
  • It won’t break the bank (yours).
  • It’s better for the environment.
  • And all of that really does make for a Merry Christmas!

All gifts must fit into at least one of these categories:

1. HAND-made – by you personally.

Even if you’re not good at crafts. Try writing or recording some stories about your childhood for your children or grandchildren. Or a special photograph, enlarged and framed, or something homemade from your kitchen. Everyone loves food!


2. HAND-me-downs.

One man’s junk is another’s treasure. Others might use and appreciate things you no longer use! Or why not pass on your family heirlooms? Why wait until you’re gone? When you could have the pleasure of seeing their enjoyment of those treasured items now?

But even your gently-used coat, or seldom carried purse can make a great gift. Such things aren’t junk, but still useful items. Perhaps it’s time to start seeing that new is not always better. That showing love does not have to take money. And that the best gifts are really those that are given with thought and from the heart — whether from the mall or from our closets!


3. Second-HAND items.

Perhaps someone on your list is dreaming of one certain thing. Kids especially tend to do this. They decide they want that and only that. So pick one up second-hand!

And then use it as an opportunity to teach about Earth Care. Remember, every single manufactured item creates pollution and depletes natural resources!


4. A helping HAND.

Some people really appreciate donations being given to charities or ministries, in their name. I remember one year our daughter and her family donated a goat in my name. I love goats, and loved the idea of knowing that a needy family was enjoying my goat for me!!

But the best helping hand gifts include giving of our time and presence. Visiting shut-ins, aiding the elderly, babysitting for harried parents, or coupons promising to do chores, etc. Now who couldn’t use a few of those? We recently visited a 97-year old shut-in, and she assured us that she would really treasure that visit a lot in the coming days. Such a simple thing. And I thought, we need to take time to do it more!


5. HAND-in-hand gifts.

I’ve received many gifts through the years. But the things I treasure most are special times spent with friends or loved ones.

So give your loved ones the special gift of being together. Plan a date night, a family day at the zoo, a family game night, ice cream every night for a week, and so on. Because in the long run, what our friends and families really want is our presence and involvement. Time for caring and sharing. Or just spending a day together, with phones and devices shut off. Or (gasp!) even left at home. Hand-in-hand gifts – events to treasure all year-long!


We can show love and appreciation for others without buying into today’s consumeristic Christmas!

We can show love and appreciation for others without buying into the consumeristic Christmas! And even protect our precious earth at the same time, because these gifts involve re-using or up-cycling! 

The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination! Which makes me think…maybe jars of canned olives, straight from our very own trees would make yummy gifts! And now, give us a hand and share your suggestions!

Images: Gifts | Ornaments | Knitting | Jewelry | Record player | Hands | Couple.

Author: Signora Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. In Italy 30+ years. I'm glad you're here and hope you'll join my journey!

13 thoughts on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Five-Hand Christmas!”

  1. Love your ideas, Sheila. I can attest to the pleasure of receiving precious hand-me-downs. My grandmother gave me a ring on my fourteenth birthday that she had received on HER fourteenth birthday (in 1904)! It was a ring she always wore on her right hand. I still wear it today as inspiration to be as faithful to God, loving to family, and kind to others as Grandma was. In a few years I’ll be passing it on to our oldest granddaughter on her fourteenth birthday.

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    1. Wow, that is a special hand-me-down, Nancy! I think there really is a lot of joy in receiving gifts that meant something special to the giver. It’s like they give us a piece of their heart, and that is precious indeed!!

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