When you give someone a gift, it’s not about what you give them, but why you gave it in the first place. That is why investing your time – whether it is time spent with a friend, family member or loved one – is a better investment than physical items.
Here are some simple, but worthwhile, ways you can consider gifting quality time instead of material things.
Invite them on a walk
Going on a quick walk in the park or making a block around the neighborhood is a great way to show someone you care about them. It’s often where some of the best conversations happen! So instead of buying an item that might be forgotten in a year’s time, give the gift of weekly walk and talks.
Plan a casual dinner with friends
Do you like to host dinner parties? Then maybe inviting friends over for a night of delicious food and fun is the perfect way to show you care! Group dinners are a great way to have great food, great conversations, and great laughs. You can even ask each guest to bring a dish to cut down on costs. Invest in a night to remember this year!
Help with a DIY project
There is always something that needs to be done around a house, so if you’re handy with housework, offer to help with a DIY project. Maybe it’s a room that needs a fresh coat of paint, or a flower bed with one too many weeds. Whatever it is, pitch in to get the work done on a budget and show that special someone how much you appreciate them.
Listen to their stories
Do you have a grandparent that loves to share stories? When’s the last time you really sat down and heard about the tales from their youth? Our grandparents are fantastic storytellers, and taking the time to sit with them and let them tell you stories of a life well lived, while imparting some much-needed wisdom, is the perfect gift to give someone in their golden years.
Physical items are often fleeting, and sometimes pricey, but giving the gift of quality time is priceless. You can take the money you save by not buying gifts and place it into savings instead!