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Free Gifts Worth More Than Money

Tamara Wilhite
Category Inexpensive

You don't want to spend money on a gift that won't be appreciated. You don't want to give cash or a gift card that can be lost or expire. Yet you wish to give something. What is a frugal person to do?

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What can you give that they need and appreciate?

Give "gift certificates" redeemable for one evening of free baby sitting for new parents or lawn mowing for shut in relatives.
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If you don't want to chase a toddler or do the heavy duty chores, there is always the recipe card. Gift cards worth one free meal, picked by turning in a card with a specific recipe, are always useful. Harried professional friends who'd enjoy a home cooked meal. Older relatives who would enjoy someone else cooking for once.

Print a "This is forgiven" card. They can be used toward forgiving a small loan or personal favors that cannot be returned or simply old grudges.

Gifts do not have to be monetary or pricey in order to be priceless.

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July 28, 20050 found this helpful

In my family, we give each other services as gifts. I have a huge combination room (living/dining/kitchen) that was in dire need of repainting & even tho it was a huge task, I planned to do it myself (& it happened to be around my birthday). My Mom said for my birthday gift she'd help me paint for 8 hours. I can only imagine how much it would have cost me to pay someone to paint so I'm sure that gift was worth hundreds of dollars. I also had some home repairs that I would normally need to hire a handyman to do. Well, my Dad gave me the gift of handyman services & fixed everything that needed to be fixed. Now that I'm a homeowner, I value these "gifts" moreso than a traditional gift because I know paying someone to do what my parents have helped me with would have cost me in the thousands!

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