There are other gift ideas that you can give that will surely be memorable to the receiver – all for a super cheap price if not for free. The only things you need to spend are your time and effort.
1. Handmade gift cards
Premade gift cards are for those who don’t have time but want their presence to be felt. But admit it; it’s quite disappointing to receive a store-bought card without any handwritten note in it at least.
So if you want to make a card really special, make it in your own way. Get a piece of cardboard, put any design you like, and put a handwritten dedication in it. It’ll be a great keepsake since you put your full effort in making it.
2. Homemade cooking
Cook or bake something for someone. It has a personal touch in it compared to readymade meals. It’s also cheaper than eating at a fancy restaurant outside.
You can even invite your friends to your house and eat lunch together. Serve them with your specialty and have them taste something they will never forget.
3. Coupon book
Compile self-made coupons in a customized folder and you have a gift! This can be done without spending any money at all.
This might be a thing for kids but it will still be sweet and fun for adults too. Put in coupons like “30-minute massage” or “wash the laundry for a day” and it will surely be appreciated by anyone who receives it. Nothing can be sweeter than labors of love.
Just be sure you give it to someone who won’t abuse it or you might just regret it.
4. Gift certificates
There are establishments and websites that sell gift certificates of various products and services. Vouchers for food, health and wellness and hotel accommodations are available for purchase.
You can find cheap ones if you know where to look for them. Sites like restaurant.com sell $25 value certificates for a mere $10.
5. Painting or drawing
If you’re the artsy type of person, you can just use your talent to make a gift.
Draw a portrait or paint scenery and give it to someone. They’ll surely appreciate an artwork specially made for them.
6. Music CD
Are you familiar with the type of music your friend frequently listens to? Create a music library and compile their favorite songs in a CD; or you can introduce something new to them.
7. Recipe book
If you and your friend love cooking, you can compile recipes and put them in a nicely made folder. Pitch in your favorite recipes and some things you’ve learned about cooking to make it more delectable.
8. Make a video
Create a video greeting for your friend. It might feel more personal than just sending a letter, but it depends on the person receiving it really.
This idea is particularly great for a friend overseas who can’t make it home during the holidays. Make them feel special by gathering common friends and doing the video greeting altogether.
9. Blank puzzles
Create a customized puzzle by using its blank back panel. Put a customized image or photo in it and cut it to make it look like puzzle.
10. Play for someone
If you know how to play any instrument, you can just play a piece and record it then give it to someone; even better if you can play in front of them.
Play their favorite songs and sing with them if you like. Enjoy the great moments as it’s one of the best gifts anyone can receive.