Regardless of your finances, you can still give this Christmas. Because let’s face it, if you don’t give anything, you’ll feel like crap and so will your gift-less friends and family (probably). So here you go, here are 5 gifts that are free.
Physical strength isn’t everyone’s strong suit, so if it happens to be one of yours – put it to use this gift giving season.
Give someone a hand written card, which lists how the use of your brawn is their gift.
Brawny gifts include:
- Helping someone move – If you’ve ever moved before, you kickass gift that is because helping people move totally sucks
- Removing heavy boxes of crap from their basement
And realize that often times people put off doing things that include heavy lifting (even if they really want them done) because they can’t do it themselves and figure finding someone to help will be too difficult or expensive.
Do you have an overworked friend who is hosting a party? Give the gift of saving their sanity and the party, by donating your services as ‘the help.’
Give a festive card and inscribe how your services will be of use.
Gifts of party help include:
- General Task Runner
- Clean Up
Hosting a party is draining and damn stressful! The gift recipient will appreciate anything you can do to help lighten their load of organizing and throwing a successful bash. Plus, offering to take on someone’s stress is a true sign of friendship, and a terrific gift.
Have a friend or family member that is an advocate for a specific cause, such as animals, kids, homelessness? Simply donating your time to help support their passion is an excellent gift.
Present recipient with card that is reflective of the organization or cause they support, and inside list how you will help, on their behalf.
Ways to support their cause:
- Assist at a brick and mortar location of the cause or organization (food kitchen, hospital, animal shelter, etc.)
- Help your friend plan the next fundraiser
- Distribute flyers and help spread awareness for the cause
Supporting your family member or friend’s cause will mean the world to them, and will be appreciated far more than any actual gift purchased with money.
Offer to alleviate that stress for an evening by being the babysitter.
Give the stressed out parents a card that is addressed to both the parent(s) and their child, detailing that you are free for a day or night of their choosing. Go the extra mile and list how this adventure in babysitting will not only be for the parents, but fun for the kids.
How to go the extra mile:
- Organize an outing for you and the kids
- Plan a craft for you to complete with the kids
Giving busy parents a chance to unwind, while knowing that their kids are in safe hands and having fun – is a far better gift than some crappy candle.
Now that I’m creeping on 30, I’m starting to understand the tech struggles of the old. For example, snapchat – I have no clue how to make that work. So think of our grandparents – technology has come a long way, and it’s hard and intimidating. So, give the gift of your tech savvy skills to those lagging behind. Plus, you know your grandma wants to text with you and keep up on the Facebooks.
So, give a card (grandparents love cards) that displays photo of the piece of technology that really grinds their gears, and explain that you’ll give them the gift of training them to use that fancy new-fangled device.
Tricky technologies to teach:
- How to save contacts to phone
- How to send and receive text messages
- How to send an email
- How to upload and save photos
- How to browse the internet
- How to get on Facebook
More than likely, a lot of these tricky technologies are second nature to you, but to those not familiar with technology, even starting can seem extremely daunting. Be their patient and helpful IT teacher this Christmas – you’ll be much appreciated. Added bonus: having Grandma poke you on Facebook.