Is there someone on your list who’s difficult to buy for? Or maybe your family has set a budget on a gift exchange, and you’re looking to get creative? Here are some great ideas on thoughtful gifts that don’t have to break the bank (many are free… they just require a little planning and time).
- Share your Skills Are you a bit of an expert when it comes to knitting, baking, dancing, etc. Or are you techno-savvy? Maybe you have experience styling hair or doing make-up? Offer to make or do something special for a friend… or spend an afternoon teaching them some of what you already know.
- Time Carve out some time each month to have lunch with a relative. Offer to babysit for a friend or walk a dog while a neighbor is on vacation. Give homemade “gift certificates” to family members for a manicure, special outing, or to do a chore for them.
- Tickets Consider tickets to a sporting event, movie theater, play, concert, museum or zoo.
- Experience This could be anything from ongoing piano or swimming lessons to a one day experience like horseback riding, kayaking, or a train ride.
- Pampering Whether you offer to give a back rub to your loved one or purchase treatments at a spa – there’s something for every budget.
- Magazine Subscriptions Grandparents, parents, and kids alike can continue to receive this gift throughout the year. And there are options for everyone on your list.
- Visiting If this fits in your budget, consider redeeming some travel miles or purchasing airline tickets for a relative to visit you. Or you can visit them. Either way, the time together is priceless.
- Charity Donate in the name of a friend or relative, in an area of interest to them. For example, you can donate school supplies to a mission project in the name of a favorite teacher, or make a donation to a local animal shelter in the name of an animal lover in your life.
- Gift Certificates Ideas include dinner for two or a gift certificate to a used book store. The important thing it to get creative with this one… find a store or outing that has real meaning to the recipient.
Finally, with all of the social media outlets out there, you can always visit your family or friend’s accounts (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) for inspiration. You’ll find ideas of activities they enjoy doing or styles that they like.
Do you have a creative gift idea? Leave a comment – We’d love to hear from you!