Instead of buying something, offer to do something for someone that they either can’t do themselves or don’t have time to get around to doing.
This is a wide open field of ideas.
Give a ‘coupon’ of what you will do as a gift inside of a Christmas card…a homemade Christmas card can be created if it is a child giving the gift.
Some age-specific or geographically-specific ideas are:
- mowing the lawn
- shoveling snow
- cleaning a flower bed
- preparing a flower or vegetable bed for planting in the spring
- cleaning out and organizing a shed, closet, garage, work space
- cleaning out and wiping down shelves, cabinets
- reading with a child on a regular basis
- teaching a skill, such as breadmaking, to someone
- teaching grandparents a computer skill or phone skill they need to know
- polishing a grandfather’s boots or shoes
- catching up someone’s sewing repairs…sewing on buttons, hemming clothing, ironing
- committing to taking out trash on a regular basis
- give someone a ride to church
There are all sorts of one-time or year-round or monthly gift ideas, tailored to what you know would be useful in any given situation.
Sometimes, buying something is the easy way out of gift giving.
A gift of time and service might be more useful and more appreciated.
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