This post is sponsored by Amazon. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Giving as a family strengthens our family bond. It also teaches our children about compassion. When we give as a family, we reinforce our family value of giving back. And the most poignant time to do that is during the holiday season. The family unit is the perfect setting to model and to learn charity firsthand. Traditions of giving that were instilled in our families play a big role in how we choose to give today. Let’s motivate our kids to give. To be quite honest, I think kids understand the idea of “giving” more than adults. While many have the luxury to shop for gifts this holiday season, there are so many others who don’t.
Every holiday season, we have a tradition of giving back to our community in a variety of ways. These include volunteering our time at church or school and donating food and financial assistance to families in need. This holiday season, my eldest daughter even took part in a community service project, where she helped to plant 800 trees in our city. Also, utilizing the power of the internet and discovering new charities or ones dear to your heart are other uncomplicated ways to give.
Join Amazon in Delivering Smiles this Holiday
How to Give Back in Three Ways!
AmazonSmile Charity Lists make it easy to browse by cause or search for your favorite organization’s Charity List, where you can purchase items and have them donated and delivered directly to the charity’s designated address. To select a charity and view their list, simply visit Smile.Amazon.com/CharityLists.
AmazonSmile allows you to support your favorite charitable organization by donating a portion of the price of all eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. Simply select your Smile charity at smile.amazon.com.
Donating with Alexa. Amazon makes it easier than ever for those who thrive in the spirit of giving to, give a monetary donation to a registered charity of their choice with Alexa – just say, “Alexa, I want to make a donation” to any Alexa-enabled device!
Teach Your Children the Spirit of Kindness
Our AmazonSmile charity is HIS dual-immersion elementary school (Spanish/English program). Compared to other schools in the area, HIS elementary school has a higher percentage of low-income families. However, what really soars and makes a difference in the lives of the students is the teachers’ commitment to education and instruction. The staff members do their best to provide as many programs as they can to make their students’ education enriching.
I love that AmazonSmile helps to make supporting my son’s school so easy. Now there is another reason why shopping on Amazon is my go-to choice. Amazon donates a percentage of the price of your eligible purchase to the public charitable organization of your choice. The one-time setup takes less than a minute, and you get the same prices, products, and services you’re used to when shopping at Amazon. Don’t worry; it doesn’t cost you any extra; the only difference is now you’re giving to the charity organization of your choice every time you shop.
Giving is Good for You
Giving as a family is a special way to sweeten family ties and connections and share similar values. Instilling family giving traditions among your family members has a tremendous rippling effect and motivates future generations to be philanthropic. Involving your children at an early age helps them to develop a sense of responsibility and charity. Whether it be through giving time, volunteering, or donating money, remember to give back. This is because while others can afford to shop for gifts, there are many out there who can’t.
One holiday gifting tradition our kids really love is making little presents of gratitude for their teachers. Please check out our step-by-step tutorial of Holiday Mason Jar Gifts. Fill the glass jars with your favorite snack or Christmas candy. I love that they are easy to make. My kids love them, as they are so fun to give. Enjoy!
DIY Christmas Mason Jar Gifts
Holiday Mason Jar + Free Printables
Who isn’t crazy about Mason jars? Our family loves them. We use them both to drink out of and for decor! And now we will use them as the perfect gifting receptacle for the holidays. Fill them up with your favorite snack or holiday treats. The kids will also love to help put these Holiday Mason Jars together. Just make sure to supervise, as they will be using a hot glue gun. You can make several at a time, and you will have easy and cute Christmas gifts to hand out for the holidays. I thought it would be helpful to share my free, printable gift tags for your use. Enjoy!
5 Easy Steps for DIY Holiday Mason Jar Gifts
Remove the lid from the ring. Use either super glue or a hot glue gun to adhere the lid to the ring for a secure fit.
Use super glue or a hot glue gun.
Firmly press lid to ring.
Create a snowy landscape by gluing fake snow to the top of the lid. Apply a thin layer of hot glue. Then, press it into the snow. Allow to dry.
Apply a thin layer of hot glue. Your child will love pressing the lid into the fake snow.
Use a hot glue gun or super glue to permanently attach small holiday figurines or ornaments to the top of the lid.
Put a little hot glue on the bottom of the ornaments.
Use any mini ornaments to decorate your mason jar lids.
Aren’t mini-sized ornaments just the cutest?
Fill each Mason jar with your favorite snacks or holiday candies. Yummy! There are so many options.
Fill up the mason jar with any sweet or sour treat.
Copy and print the holiday gift tags. Cut each out carefully. Use a hole punch to create a hole, and use colored ribbon or twine to tie around the jar. You can also use cute pins or clips to attach the holiday tags to your jar. It is so fun to be creative!
Don’t forget to punch a hole into your gift tag.
Let your child personalize the gift tags.
The finished product is absolutely beautiful and created with love.
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