This post was written by a guest contributor.
The holiday season is a special time of year. It’s a time to reflect and show gratitude, spend time with family and give back. While it’s easy to feel like you have to give your loved ones extravagant or expensive gifts, usually the gifts from the heart are most meaningful. You can show how much you care without spending a lot of money (or any money at all!). The idea of giving gifts is not limited to material things. Sometimes, well, most of the time, the things that money can’t buy are more special and memorable than the gifts you can buy in the mall.
This holiday season, I challenge you to change your perception. Don’t go straight to the shopping mall. Instead sit down and think about how you can show your love, appreciation and gratitude for the people in your life.
Looking for an inexpensive gift idea from the heart? Here are a few that would work for just about anyone:
Personalized Coffee Mug
A personalized coffee mug makes a great gift. It could feature an inspirational message, an inside joke or perhaps a name. Make it more special by personally designing the mug. You do not have to be an artist to design one. Just think of the recipient’s personality and style. They will appreciate your effort!
Pillow with a Printed Message
Another item that you can easily personalize is a pillow. It’s useful and can be customized for any personality. Just like a coffee mug, you can print a good quote, a funny saying or even a picture.
Some people find Christmas cards cheesy and old school but to some receiving a Christmas card is touching and sweet, especially if it is personally crafted. It’s a great way to send your best wishes and gratitude to the person.
Offer to Babysit
Another thoughtful gift is a free night of babysitting. They could go on a date with their significant other, which is probably something that they haven’t done in a while. If you both have kids, you could arrange a play date or a sleepover at your place. The kids will love it and your gift recipient will be thankful for your effort.
These are just a few gift ideas to show gratitude and genuine care for that special someone. Not only are they thoughtful, but also inexpensive to help you save money. And for every penny that you save, you will be a step closer to your goal of buying one of the house and land packages in Melbourne by Lend Lease — the ultimate gift for your family.
This holiday season you can show your loved ones how much you care without spending a ton of money. Think about each person on your list and what he or she might like and then think about how you could show your gratitude through a personalized gift or service.