If you’re a fan of giving meaningful gifts, then you probably can relate to overspending just to see that smile on your loved one’s face when they see the special “thing” you put so much thought into. Even if you don’t spend more than you should, most of us immediately think of spending money when thinking about gift giving. This might be a strange topic coming from someone who built a business around intentional and curated gift boxes, but hear me out! There are meaningful gifts that will make their day without costing you a dime.
The gift of quality time.
How many times have you responded to “how are you?” with “I’m so busy”? I’m guilty of this, but that’s because it’s true — I really am busy between my career, my blog, my business, and trying to live a normal life. Can you imagine being this busy and prioritizing someone in your life so much that you give them your undivided attention to ensure a connection is always there? That’s priceless! This can be as simple as going for a walk together, having a heartfelt conversation, or sharing a meal together. There’s no greater impact than genuine presence and active listening.
Acts of service.
I’m not sure if this is you, but I’ve struggled with asking for help in the past, even when I knew how much I needed it. Not only that, but deep down, I knew I could count on people to help me. But that vulnerability that came with asking for help just bothered me. I can imagine many of us have dealt with this in one way or another. There is so much power in helping others and offering assistance without monetary compensation. When you offer your help, it can break that barrier of anxiety around asking for it. This is another way to give a meaningful gift at no cost to you. You can offer to run errands for someone you care for, help them with chores or tasks they may not have the time or capacity to do alone, or just provide emotional support. There’s so much joy and fulfillment that comes from selflessly serving others.
Words of affirmation.
There’s nothing like hearing someone you admire or care about say they’re proud of you or that they appreciate you. Some, if not many, of us will go through life barely receiving any words of affirmation and then when we finally do, it may sound foreign to us. There’s immense impact in uplifting and encouraging others — this is one of the most precious gifts you can give. You can easily express appreciation, gratitude, and love through heartfelt messages, handwritten notes, or verbal affirmations.
How are you going to gift someone a meaningful and priceless gift today?