Dr. Shelia Shah
Macon Smiles

Wouldn’t you like to make your gift giving a little more unique this holiday season? Step “outside the present box,” if you will, with a thoughtful and personal gift that won’t sit on a shelf or in a closet collecting dust. Consider giving a gift certificate for an “experience” the recipient can redeem for a meaningful moment, rather than another tangible item destined to be exchanged.

While some “things” are certainly enjoyable and appreciated, one can only have so much “stuff.” As anthropologist Robin Nagle reminds us, “Every single thing you see is future trash. Everything.”

Christmas Gifts

So maybe this is a good year to consider giving those intangible “things” which they say money can’t buy – and which won’t later add to the landfill.

Give the gift of…

LOVE – Tickets to a concert or the theatre and dinner actually give precious time to spend together and memories that linger. Officially name a star after someone, or make a donation to a favorite charity in their honor.

JOY – Fill a stocking with certificates for exciting things to do, like bowling, roller skating, or taking a cooking class – anything fun!

PEACE – An offer to child-sit for an evening, or a trip to a spa or planetarium might not bring world peace, but it could sure bring a measure of peace to at least one person or more.

HEALTH – Help someone get started on the road to better health with an exercise class at a gym. Consider covering a visit to a chiropractor, doctor, or dentist. Tell them how much their smile means to you, then give them a gift certificate to whiten, brighten, and care for that smile which rocks your world.

The possibilities are endless when you think outside the usual gift box!

Dr. Sheila Shah, DMD, LLC, offers Laser, Cosmetic, and General Dentistry at MaconSmiles, located in Macon, GA. She is a 1995 graduate of the Dental College at Augusta University and is committed to staying on the cutting edge of advancements in the field of dentistry. To purchase a smile-whitening gift certificate, or to schedule a complimentary dental consultation with Dr. Shah, you may contact her office via www.MaconSmiles.com.



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