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3 Meaningful (and Free) Gift Alternatives

Nov. 27, 2017
Managing Money
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Do you dread shopping for gifts during the holidays?

If you’re rethinking gift-giving this year, you’re not alone. Even celebrity couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher announced that they won’t be buying their kids anything for Christmas.

You might feel pressure to shell out a lot of money, but getting creative with your gifts can help you save while still giving your family and friends something to enjoy.

1. Put your talent to use

Jessica Chon, a nutrition specialist in Berkeley, California, convinced her family to exchange talent-based gifts this year. Instead of buying stuff, they’ll share their skills for Christmas. For example, Chon will give her brother a cooking lesson, and her mother will play the flute at a family gathering.

Think about your unique talents — such as sewing, painting or photography — and how you can teach them to your friends and family.

2. Do someone else’s chores

Think about giving that one stressed out friend or family member the gift of relaxation. Offer to take care of his or her laundry, dishes and other household chores to free up an evening.

New parents will especially appreciate this gesture. You could also earn Brownie points by offering to babysit so they can go on a date — or simply catch up on sleep.

3. Take a walk down memory lane

There’s nothing more heartfelt than compiling memories in a visual way. Photo albums and scrapbooks are great, but you can also create a map of all the places you and your partner have visited together or make a one-second-a-day video.

If you’re feeling ambitious, record a song about your friendship or relationship.

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