Editor’s Note .004: Holiday Out of the Box

Juley Le

December 4, 2017

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are officially here. Many, myself included, began decking the halls the day after Halloween for the sole reason of extending the holidays for as long as possible.  It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, and we indeed need as much goodness as we can get.

At the same time it’s high season for a different kind of pressure. The kind that has us all thinking about others and trying to justify how much we love and appreciate the people in our lives. Lovers, girlfriends, family, colleagues and let’s not forget the local barista and delivery person. The overall expense is an added layer of stress that we all know too well.

It’s a difficult feat but with some prioritization and creative thinking, it can be done. The key? Gifting out of the box.

If I’ve learned anything from my significant other, it’s that trying, alone, is a gift, and it doesn’t have to cost very much. From having a bubble bath ready after a long work day to handwritten cards when we’re strapped for cash, there are thoughtful ways to make it count.

This month, we’re excited to share gift ideas that focus on experiences. The in-real-life kind like planning a road trip with your best girl, attending a supper club, or initiating a phone-less catch up over a cup of hot cocoa. After all….

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

*If you’re interested in sharing how you gift out of the box, please share in the the comments below. We’ll share your ideas and stories in a feature post this month!

All the Holiday Cheers,


Juley Le


  1. Mia says:

    We like to donate to a cause our recipient is passionate about, in their name.

    • Juley says:

      Love that idea! Are there any particular websites that you use? And, how do you determine how much to donate?

      • Mia Whitney says:

        We typically use Charity Navigator, plus a little of our own research. Since we have dollar limits on gifts we typically donate the full amount, and then match it. (For example, if the dollar limit is $25, we donate $25 and match it, making it $50 total. It’s for a good cause!)

  2. Thu Nguyen says:

    One of my favorites this year: I gifted my friend a month’s subscription to Care/of! He’s been getting the cold/flu so often lately which is out of the norm, so I thought maybe he could use some extra vitamins and supplements. (You can personalize the daily packets for them too!)

  3. Leslie says:

    When I’m feeling especially nice (or if it’s his birthday), I love to cook my husband one of his favorite meals!

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