Gifts to Help Along Those New Years Resolutions

Oh yes you did! You promised your sister you’d run that 5k with her and now you’re all planning how healthy and awesome you’ll both be in the new year, and you’re throwing around words like “kale”, “hamstrings”, “personal trainer”.

I would love it if someone gifted me a personal trainer session or 3. Or a yoga class. How cool to give someone a gift to urge them on in their healthy endeavors, whether it is the intention to exercise, the desire to learn something new, or even just the desire to be a nice person for a change.

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Give the gift of volunteering with someone. Not only does volunteering help others and feel wonderful, when you do it with someone else you get to bond in a very cool way. matches you up with volunteering ideas based on where you live, what sort of volunteer work you want to do, and even if you’d rather volunteer virtually. Find a great place near you to volunteer with a friend!



Many trainers offer different packages, and if you know someone who really wants to get their ass in shape this year, working with a trainer can make all the difference in following through with their good intentions. Check out reviews on Yelp, call a local gym and ask about their different trainers, or ask people you know for a recommendation.


Give someone the gift of a photo class. If you know an amateur photographer who wants to bump up their skills but maybe doesn’t have a ton of time to go take a class somewhere, buy them a virtual class! Craftsy  has some good photo class options to choose from, including a food photography class I’m signing up for. Ahem. For myself.

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This is sort of a no-brainer, right? Doesn’t everyone want to Talk like Ted? I know I could certainly use some help in this department so I stop sounding like an embarrassed 10 year old girl. See it here: Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds



And then again maybe the person’s resolution is to get out of the house more and meet new people? A real, live class can be perfect for this, especially a cooking class! If you live in the Chicago, LA, or New York areas, check out CourseHorse for a TON of class listings. I recently attending their launch party in Chicago, and learned about whiskey, did a little fencing, saw how to skin a salmon, and joined in a drum circle. Awesome.


My list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of an online knitting class. I learned to knit by cherry picking YouTube videos, and I wish I had had a whole online beginning knitting class to take. CreativeBug is your place if you’re looking for an idea for that craft yarny friend of yours who wants to learn to knit or refine his or her techniques.

Day 1: DIY or Buy Advent Calendars – see Pragmatic Mom’s post on a DIY gratitude Advent calendar.

Day 2: Gifts That Give Back – Mine • Mia’s

Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids – My post on Gender Neutral gifts • Mia’s post on Gender bending gifts

Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for – My postMia’s post

Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant ArtistsMia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers

Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever – My tacky gifts post • Mia’s post on ugly Christmas sweaters and other terrible gifts

Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones – My postMia’s post

Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts- My postMia’s post

Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)

Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions – my postMia’s post

Day 11: My post: Easy Holiday DIY Gifts • Mia’s post: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note- My post and Mia’s post

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Dude. I can’t keep up with your awesomeness. Seriously. Love the ideas. and you, you quirky little gem.

    and you learned about whiskey, did a little fencing, saw how to skin a salmon, and joined in a drum circle ALL IN ONE DAY? You amaze me.

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