Tradition is back in style this holiday season

(ARA) – The holiday season is upon us and the question on everyone’s mind is what to get for their loved ones. In recent years, a return of classic holiday traditions has influenced the spirit of gift giving.

Homemade gifts are an easy way to show someone you care and to demonstrate your creative flair. Arts and craft stores are an easy go-to destination whether creating a gift for grandparents or a neighbor. Bead kits, needlepoint sets and do-it-yourself picture frames are a few ideas to help get you started. Creating a gift that is both unique and thoughtful is especially perfect for those on a budget.



Another holiday tradition enjoying a comeback is to host a cookie exchange. It’s easy: Simply invite friends and family over and ask each person to bake a dozen or two of their favorite holiday cookies. Swap stories, recipes and tasty treats in the company of those you love. Tap into the season’s spirit of generosity and partner with your local schools or community centers to make your cookie exchange a charitable bake sale. Involve friends and family in the process by collectively deciding what worthy local charity will receive the proceeds and further extend the spirit of the season.



Holiday gifts that benefit the recipient but also give back to charitable organizations are another classic tradition. Share Our Strength – a leading national nonprofit organization working hard to make sure no kid grows up hungry – asks that holiday shoppers consider charitable gifts when making their gift list this season.

“We are proud to have great corporate partners like Hickory Farms supporting our No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America,” says Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength. “Hickory Farms makes it easy for holiday shoppers to contribute and help children struggling with hunger.”

For each Party Planner gift box sold this holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, up to $500,000. Hickory Farms’ signature sausage and savory cheese gift boxes ship worldwide, and many of the products are eligible for free military shipping to military APO/FPO addresses. Visit hickoryfarms.com to place an order or find a holiday store in your area.

Traditional gifts never go out of style. By combining creativity with some traditional favorites, you can be sure to give those on your gift list something they will love.

Tradition is back in style this holiday season