Last week’s post, 10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas was so successful that I have dreamed up 10 MORE Free Christmas Gift Ideas.
Seriously, the possibilities are ENDLESS when thinking outside the (gift) box.
10 FREE Christmas Gift Ideas
1. Create a Family Favorites Recipe Booklet
If your family has a lot of favorite recipes that have been passed down from previous generations, make a recipe booklet. If you have recipe cards with the family member’s hand writing, make copies. I treasure my recipe cards that were hand written by my great grandmother.
2. Errand Services
For the people on your list that might rely on public transportation or have unreliable transportation, consider offering to run their errands or chauffeur them for their errands for an afternoon or two.
3. Laundry Service or Use of Your Laundry Room
Offer to do laundry or the use of your laundry room to the person on your list that has to rely on a laundromat.
4. Handyman Services
Are you a handy person? Offer your services by the hour or an afternoon to help with easy fixes & repairs.
5. Cleaning Services
If you are a…
neat freak…neat person who loves to clean, offer home cleaning services. Gift them with a certain number of weeks of home cleaning. Some other cleaning ideas: window washing or car washing.
6. Oil Change
Do you know how to change the oil in a car? Offer oil change services.
7. Yard Work
Give an afternoon (or two) of yard work. Some ideas to include:
- lawn mowing
- clean gutters
- weed flower beds
8. Online lessons
This idea came to me when my retired neighbor called me and asked if I could come over and help her with a Craigslist posting. We live in a tech age and a lot of seniors could use some lessons to keep up.
9. Garden Harvest
Are you a gardener? Do you have a freezer or pantry full of this past summer’s garden harvest? What a delicious gift of food!
Yes, I said it. And I got the idea from my daughters’ Girl Scout troop Christmas party. Each girl was to bring an old, but usable toy or a handmade item. My girls were in no mood to go through their stuff to decide what they could part with and at the last minute I needed to think fast.
As I was poking around my house for ideas, I found a bunch of unused, but new items for the girls to pick from. I found several boxes of brand new Crayola crayons and markers (bought cheap in September), two unopened boxes of Christmas stationary, unopened packages of Post-it’s, new Christmas hand towels, scented hand wash, and scented candles. All of this stuff has been sitting in a closet for months or years, completely forgotten about.
My point: Scour your house for new & unused items.
What FREE, but Thoughtful Christmas gift ideas do you have? Please leave them in the comments.
Check out the first 10 ideas here:
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