Christmas can be a tough time if your family, or you yourself, do not have much money. I’m no stranger to the feeling of wanting to buy something wonderful for somebody to thank them for being a great family member or a great friend, but you can’t, because you have no way of affording something.
But sometimes gifts can be so much more meaningful than they are expensive if you make them yourself – so, here are a couple ideas to help you this Christmas;
Make A PlaylistYou can do this on many websites – Spotify and YouTube are very good ones. You could also simply write down a list of songs on a piece of paper for them to check out if you don’t have access to either of those. You could include songs you know they love, or songs that remind you of them. If they’re your boyfriend/girlfriend you could include love songs, or if they’re having a hard time you can include inspiring/positive songs. After all, music can say more than any form of words.
Write Them a SongIf you can’t find a song out there to fit how you feel about the person, why not write one? It doesn’t sound very simple, but if you’re a musical person or you play an instrument, you could create something very special and amazing.
A Photo AlbumYou can do this online or print out photos of the two of you, or make a washing-line style string of photos that they can hang somewhere. You can include photos of your favourite members, significant moments together, or any photos that you love.
A List of Reasons Why You Love ThemCheesy, I know. But if you can’t find a gift that really, really shows how much you appreciate them, why not just say it? It could be in a letter, or you could get creative and hang them around a place for them to find and read.
Draw SomethingIf you enjoy art or drawing, this could work out very well. You could draw an image of them, or something they love – their pet, a favourite celebrity, or even the two of you together. You could find a photo you like and draw that, or if you two have a goal you want to achieve together – whether it’s getting married or going to a concert – you could draw that.
Remember that Christmas doesn’t have to be materialistic, and people will cherish photo albums and personal things more than they would with a diamond necklace or the top they saw and badly wanted. It’s not about the price-tag, it’s about the thought and love behind the gift.
I hope you have a brilliant Christmas, or if you don't celebrate it, have an excellent day all the same!