With birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and all of the other holidays and celebrations—there are a lot of gift-giving opportunities in a year. No matter the occasion, you want to give everyone an amazing gift, but you also don’t want to break the bank. Don’t worry. We got you. Take a look at these free gifts.
10 Unexpected Free Gifts:
1. A smile. Just smiling at someone walking by or shooting off a smiley selfie to someone you love can change their day. It also changes you because smiling releases happy endorphins in your body. So, you can positively impact and change someone’s day for the better while also feeling great yourself. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
2. A helping hand. Be a Good Samaritan. Offer to help someone out with a project or chore. If you know your friend has been wanting to get their car washed, show up at their house as a surprise and just do it for them.
3. A note or text. Just send someone a short (or long) text telling them you love them or that you’re thinking of them. Maybe even send them five reasons you love them or thank them for something they’ve done for you. If their love language is words of affirmation, this gift will be worth the time you spend crafting the perfect note.
4. An invite to church. Tell the person you love about the church you attend and maybe even take it a step further and invite them to come with you. Texting someone an invite to church or giving them an invite card can change their eternity, and all you have to do is extend an invitation.
5. Quality time. Block off time in your schedule and plan to get together! Watch a movie. Cook dinner together. Or just hang out. Being intentional in making time for someone is one of the best free gifts you can give.
6. A modern mixtape. You can always put together a Spotify playlist for someone you love, and you have so much creative freedom with this. You can curate a workout playlist or romantic playlist or just a playlist full of songs you love. If you really want to put a personal spin on this idea, you can always record yourself singing their favorite song or reading their favorite poem. You really can’t go wrong with a mixtape.
7. A drawing or something crafty. You may not be an artist, but there’s something special about a one-of-a-kind gift. You can draw something or even make something with things you have around your house. Get creative. Open your junk drawer and turn that stuff into a real gem.
8. A love jar. Take an empty jar or container and fill it with things you love about the person, Scriptures that will remind them of God’s love, and maybe even some cute, cheesy quotes. (Please not “You complete me.” Only Jesus completes us—even on Valentine’s Day.)
9. A coupon book. Think about what you’re good at and about what the gift receiver may need help with sometimes. Then, on paper or in a text, tell them they have a limited time offer from yours truly. This can be as fun or as serious as you make it and will only cost you a little bit of time.
10. Meaningful memories. Put your phone down. Shut your laptop. And just make some memories with the person you love. People remember the way you make them feel. So just have some fun together. Do some sort of activity together. Have a conversation with no distractions.
The best gifts are centered around sacrifice. Think about the gift that Jesus gave us—freedom through salvation by sacrificing His life for ours. We can’t come close to getting or giving a gift as amazing as that one, but as you think about the gift you’re giving, just ask yourself: Am I willing to sacrifice some time? Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how much a gift costs; it matters how much love you put into it.