From the HEart

Gifts that won’t break the bank this holiday season

The holidays are here again, and it has been a rough year for everybody. Not everyone has the money to get huge gifts for all your family members. Here is a list of ideas that still show that you care without breaking the bank.


Your Time:

You can gift your time to a loved one. Run errands for them, make them dinner, watch a movie with them or just be there to hang out.


Your Energy

Does a friend with kids need a break? Offer a day to babysit and do activities with them. With COVID around, you can even give them a coupon to redeem later.



There are lots of homemade gifts you can make using items already in the home. For example, a Mason jar, sugar, coconut oil and essential oil scents can make a sugar scrub. There are plenty of DIYs on the internet to choose from.


Your Services:

If you have a talent, you can give something from that. Maybe you are an ace photographer or a makeup artist. If you can help a friend or family member by taking a headshot for their LinkedIn profile or even a dating site, it would make a fun gift.



If you have a skill or talent, you can try to teach someone what you know or how to do it. It could be drawing, makeup, math, baking or anything that you think you could teach and that they’d be interested in.


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