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  • Writer's pictureDr. Luisa Bryce

6 amazing gift ideas that won't cost you a cent

The holiday season can certainly be stressful. Party planning, cookie making, gift giving, traveling, dealing with financial guilt... and the list goes on. It's very easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget what the holidays are truly about- family, friends, gratitude, spreading good cheer, and the celebration of mankind. Teaching your children about the significance of gift giving is important, but sometimes it's hard to remember that it really is the thought that counts. We'd like to share a few gift options below that don't cost a cent because having a handy list of gifts that are not monetarily based can help you explain this concept to your kids and maybe even keep some cash in the bank. And when you're feeling overwhelmed about gifting, take a step back and focus on giving someone in need one of the presents below. We guarantee your heart will feel lighter- and your pocketbook won't.


No one likes to be around a scrooge, especially during the holidays. Giving the gift of cheerfulness can turn anyone's bad day around.


Compliment a friend, family member, or stranger about an inherent quality. Offering a genuine compliment about a person's thoughtfulness, work ethic, compassion, talents, or skills can be invaluable.


Share the gift of laughter. Tell a funny joke, send a witty email, or clip a humorous comic. Whoever said laughter is the best medicine wasn't lying.


Some of the most appreciated gifts are simple favors- a ride to the airport, babysitting, picking up that forgotten gallon of milk at the store. Sure it will cost you some time, but the gratitude you'll receive for your efforts will likely be well worth it.


A shoulder to cry on, someone to call in a pinch, a quick phone call to that person you just know will understand what you're going through... the gift of friendship is irreplaceable.


Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present (-Alice Morse Earle). So be present with someone. Really listen to what he or she is saying without judging, planning your response, daydreaming, or interrupting. Being present with someone is a gift in itself.

What other gifts would you add to this list? Let me know!


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