Think Outside The Package Gifts That Keep Giving

When the holiday season arrives each year, most people begin tackling their list of gifts for Christmas by going to a mall, gift shop or online retailer. However, not all good gift ideas need to cost money. You can give favors to help your loved ones or people in your community, or share experiences. These gifts that give will help others and create lasting holiday memories.

Offer Your Talents

Free favors or services can make great Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones. If you want to give a favor, think of your strengths. Are you good with children? Offer your services as a babysitter for your neighbors or friends so they can enjoy a night out without worrying about the cost of childcare. Does everyone rave about your chicken parmesan or stir-fry? Give a friend or family member a voucher promising dinner (or dinners) for her family; most people are happy to have a break from cooking. You and your friends can even agree to trade favors as your gifts for Christmas.

Make a Charitable Donation

Most of us give the people on our holiday gift list things that they want, rather than things they need. You and your loved ones may decide that you do not wish to give material gifts. If you are going to spend money, consider an alternative to traditional Christmas gift ideas by giving holiday charity gifts to those in need during the Christmas season. Choose a cause that is meaningful to your family or to the recipient in particular. For example, if your family has experienced a loss due to cancer, you may wish to make a donation to a cancer foundation or charity in lieu of giving gifts to one another. Though material items given for Christmas may be forgotten in a year or so, charitable gifts are good gift ideas that will have a lasting effect.

Share a Volunteer Experience

Giving to others is an important part of the spirit of the holidays. This includes your loved ones of course, but also those in need. Gather a group of friends or family members and volunteer together during the holiday season. For no cost, you can donate your time to help your community and give gifts that give back. Volunteer ideas include:

  • Animal shelters
  • Homeless or women’s shelters
  • Meal delivery services
  • Soup kitchens.

Giving holiday charity gifts, including volunteering your time, can become a great annual family tradition for the Christmas season.