20 Absolutely Free Gifts for Your Loved Ones This Christmas

By Steph Esguerra-Olarte for Belo Medical Group on December 15, 2020

The season of giving is upon us, and the sheer variety of choices can leave us confused as we try to find the perfect gift. Simple gestures and presents may not have as hefty a price tag, but speak volumes about how much the recipient means to you. Here are 20 gift suggestions which come from the heart.

1. Baked goodies

Prepare your specialty baked pastries or casserole. 

2. Greeting card

Create your own greeting card with a short letter.

3. Voucher for a favor or chore

Produce a simple voucher and offer to do a favor or an errand for the recipient. 

4. Scrapbook of best memories together

Print your photos together and compile these in a scrapbook of your best memories together.

5. Handknitted scarf

Whip out your knitting needles and knit a scarf for that family member or friend. 

6. Virtual movie date

Use apps such as Netflix Party, TwoSeven, or Squad, invite your S.O. or pal to virtually watch a Netflix movie together. 

7. Online museum tour

Take a virtual tour of the National Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  

8. Traditional telephone call

Rekindle the simplicity and the “olden” ways of catching up with a good ol’ call via landline.

9. Holiday drink in a jar

Mix powdered milk, hot cocoa mix, some powdered sugar, and some cream in a mason jar, tie up with twine, and add a note for that personal touch.

10. Personalized calendar

Use beautiful templates online and personalize a calendar with the recipient’s name or favorite things or colors.

11. DIY lip scrub

Fill up a small jar or tub with a do-it-yourself lip scrub kit based on this recipe: a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of sugar.

12. Propagated plants

Send clippings of your propagated plants for your plantita and plantito friends.

13. Mixtape of your favorite songs

Upload a playlist on Spotify with tunes the two of you love.

14. Online scavenger hunt

Have family and friends decode a message using carefully planted clues on the web. They’re in for a special prize.

15. Handwritten letter

Pen a heartfelt letter of thanks using special stationery and send via snail mail or courier.

16. Christmas ornament

Decorate a Christmas bauble or wreath for that personalized holiday cheer.

17. Memory jar

Write down your best memories together, cut and fold the pieces of paper and place in a jar.

18. Bath bomb

Give the gift of relaxation by making a bath bomb using baking soda, citric acid, Epsom salt, cornstarch, coconut oil, water, and your favorite essential oil. 

19. DIY candle

Mix wax and your friend’s favorite fragrance oils.

20. Potpourri

Bake thin slices of citrus fruits along with some lavender, rosemary, or thyme, some cinnamon sticks, essential oils, and cut up flowers for at least two hours under low heat. Place in a mason jar.

Nothing beats giving gifts you personally made and prepared. We hope you give these a try this year! Tell us which one you enjoyed doing the most. Merry Christmas, Belo Beauties!

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