Gifts are a wonderful way to share affection for people in your life. Whether you have an extravagant budget or no budget at all, you can still make an impact. Here are a few ideas that can be put together without spending any money at all.
We’ve all seen the movie of the guy outside holding a radio outside of his girlfriend’s window or the viral video serenade that takes YouTube by storm. Even if your voice isn’t perfect, the gift of a song is one that is treasured forever. You don’t have to be a professional musician or performer. It doesn’t even have to rhyme. The simple act of putting all of your feelings into words to show someone just how special they are can be incredibly memorable.
This is a really fun one you can put together for your significant other. The best part? You can use supplies you already have! All you need is a deck of cards, and a sharpie, and a hole punch. On each card, you write one thing you love about your significant other. Once you’ve finished the deck, you can put them all together on a key ring. That’s it!
Many women love when the florist knocks on their door with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. However, those often come with a heft price tag. When the budget just isn’t there, you can still show her how special she is with hand-picked flowers from your own garden. You can even pick them from your neighbor’s garden, but get permission first! It’s the thought that counts and this one will go a long way!
The first year of a relationship, or marriage, or even friendship, can be exciting filled with so many great memories. Save a few mementos from all of your favorites and put them together on a memory board. You can use ticket stubs from concerts or movies, photo booth pictures, even receipts from special events. You can use supplies you already have to build the board. Once it’s filled, present your significant other with your collection!
Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is acts of service. This is particularly useful for husbands or new moms. Come up with a list of 10 acts of service your significant other would love to receive and make it your own. You can create them on your computer with a program like Photoshop, or write them out by hand with your favorite pens. Some items commonly used for this include: breakfast in bed, a massage, cooking their favorite meal, babysitting, washing the car and others. Get creative and fun with it!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, videos are worth so much more! Whether you have a professional camera setup or your iPhone on a selfie stick, you can pull this off without spending any money. You can take a few different approaches: Create a video telling the person everything you love about him or her or how special they are. Create a montage of some fun memories together over the years. You can deliver your final video privately or score extra points by sharing on social media letting the whole world know how amazing this person is!
Going out to eat at your favorite restaurant is an enjoyable experience. But when you’re on a budget, have sick kids, or want to stay away from bad weather outside, doing out to eat isn’t always an option. Making memories and enjoying a delicious meal is a great gift for a significant other, friend, or family member. Instead of going out to eat, stay in and cook a meal together. Then, enjoy your favorite movie on Netflix.
Upcycling is the process of creatively repurposing something old into something new. It’s quite trendy! You can use anything from old clothes, kitchen items, home décor, and more. If you’re not sure where to begin, some scissors, glue, and a little Pinterest browsing should get your DIY skills up to par with some great tutorials. Have you ever wondered what happens to all those favorite T-Shirts that are outgrown? Now you don’t have to! This idea is perfect for grandchildren or college age kids, boyfriends, and parents. Collect all of those favorite T-Shirts and put them into a homemade quilt to save forever. If you’re not a seamstress, don’t worry! You can start with one shirt and make a pillow!
We all know everyone loves the traditional homemade fruitcake around the holidays, right? Well, maybe not a fruit cake. But no one ever turns down cookies! If you have a special someone in your life, open your pantry and find the ingredients to bake your favorite cookies and share the love! Have a plate of cookies waiting at home when your husband gets home from work. Take a basket of muffins over to your neighbor. Bring in cupcakes to work to share with your coworkers. Whatever you can bake, share the love with those around you to brighten their day!
Most people are so busy these days, especially moms that sometimes household chores pile up. Others may need help with organizing that one room that seems to collect all the clutter. If your budget doesn’t allow for you to purchase a gift, give the gift of cleaning! It will be useful and meaningful taking a load of stress of your gift recipient. Acts of service are many people’s love language and bring so much meaning to those who receive them. In fact, there are many people who would prefer an act of service to an extravagant gift.