Three Amazing Holiday Gifts You Can Give That Don’t Come In A Box

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling, the place to find trusted, vetted divorce professionals, a podcast, website and mobile app.

With the holidays right around the corner, holiday gifts are on everyone’s minds. What’s ironic is that people buy holiday gifts to show their love. But there are other ways to show someone you care. So, in this week’s Love Essentially, I address three holiday gifts that don’t come in a box, and the happiness they can bring others.

Three Gift-Giving Ideas, Short On Cash Long On Love  by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Deciding what to buy friends and family for the holidays isn’t easy.

If you’re like me, what usually ends up happening is, the week before Christmas or Hanukkah, you find yourself walking aimlessly around the mall, looking for last-minute gifts and hoping a great idea will hit you when you walk by a certain store.

But this season, as I pondered some gift possibilities, I started thinking about the irony of material gifts during the holidays. We buy gifts for the ones we love because we want to make them happy. We want to show them that they are special or important or appreciated or cherished, or loved, of course.

And while a cashmere sweater, a bottle of cologne, an Apple watch, tickets to Hamilton or a gorgeous piece of jewelry can accomplish the goal of bringing joy to the recipient, there are other kinds of gifts that can impact someone in a truly extraordinary way.


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Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.

Like this article? Check out my blog post, “The Givers And The Takers”



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    Jackie Pilossoph is the Founder of Divorced Girl Smiling, the media company that connects people facing with divorce to trusted, vetted divorce professionals. Pilossoph is a former NBC affiliate television journalist and Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press features reporter. Her syndicated column, Love Essentially was published in the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press and Tribune owned publications for 7 1/2 years. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University. Learn more at:

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