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Give What Counts


“Happy holidays” means so many things—glitzy holiday parties, cozy family gatherings, hot cocoa and, of course, finding that perfect present. As wonderful as the holidays are, they can also be overwhelming to kids who have lots of people on their gift lists. Some of the best gifts aren’t wrapped – they’re given from the heart. And that’s what really matters. Here are five ideas you can share with your girl.

Draw a Picture

Creativity is the gift that keeps on giving. Encourage your girl to grab a sheet of paper, her colored pencils, and to sketch whatever inspires her. Have her sign her piece in the corner (like a real artist!) then pick out a pretty frame.

Do Some Extra Chores

The holidays bring lots of houseguests—and that means lots of extra dirty dishes to wash. Your girl could lend a hand without being asked: rinse dishes, carefully load them in the dishwasher, then put them away once they’re sparkling clean. Her gift of time is sure to be appreciated.

Say Hello

In our digital world, it’s easy to overlook the gift of a simple phone call. Has it been a while since she last saw her grandparents? Don’t text. Encourage her to pick up the phone and give them a call. Ask about the weather, what they’ve been doing, or whatever she wants to. She might just make their day brighter.

Bake a Treat

Homemade goodies are always a welcome gift. She can flip through the pages of American Girl magazine to find a yummy recipe. Divide the desserts up on pretty paper plates, wrap with colored cellophane, and add a handwritten note.

Give Time

There are so many nonprofit organizations that need helping hands during the holidays. Help your girl choose one in your community, then set up time to volunteer. Love puppies? Try the animal shelter. Want to sing? Go caroling at an assisted living center. The possibilities are endless.

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