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12 Gifts of Service for Family and Friends. No Money Needed.

Audrey shares ideas for gifts of service. No money is needed See a need, fulfill it and your gift will always be remembered.

The most remembered gift of all is giving service.

The most remembered gift of all is giving service.

Christmas is a time for giving to others. We carefully choose gifts that will be welcomed, wanted, and appreciated. We spend more than we should and even go into debt.

Maybe it's time to stop and think about how we can give without spending money. You'll find an array of ideas and tips in this article.

12 Ways to Give Service Gifts

  1. Every young couple with a new baby appreciates some alone time. Offer to give them an evening out or a day to themselves.
  2. Take a neighbor's dog for a walk, especially if the neighbor is elderly or ill.
  3. Give a Christmas Card with a homemade coupon listing a few small errands to do for the person you are giving the card to.
  4. Offer to take an older person shopping, to a doctor's appointment, the post office, or a hair salon.
  5. Anyone would appreciate having their weeds pulled and plants watered.
  6. Offer to rake leaves or mow the lawn.
  7. Enclose a message such as "I will wash your car as my gift to you" inside the Christmas Card
  8. Offer to make dinner for a family or offer dessert as your gift.
  9. Offer to make dinner for a family or offer dessert as your gift.
  10. Set a date to clean a specific room in a home (or the complete house).
  11. Do a load or two of washing, fold the clothes, and put them away.
  12. Offer to give someone a foot massage, manicure, or pedicure.


Kids love these.

Kids love these.

Make your own gift coupons

Make your own gift coupons

Easy Gifts to Make

  • Record a beautiful poem or song that you read or sing.
  • Give free hugs for the month.
  • Make a gift card for your child (a Daddy Date, a Movie with Mom). If you have children, this is a great way to teach them how to give to each other without spending a penny.
  • Put together a simple recipe book. Add recipes the recipient will enjoy.
  • To make this gift, write a letter to someone special in your life. You can even include photos that relate to your words (such as pictures of the two of you).



Offer to clear a driveway packed with snow.

Offer to clear a driveway packed with snow.

The Benefits Of Serving Others

When we serve others, every aspect of our lives can change and take on new meaning. Here are some of the benefits of helping others:

  • We gain a fantastic feeling of satisfaction.
  • We make a difference in society.
  • Our children learn how to help others through our example.
  • We develop a sense of connection to others.
  • A sense of happiness flows through our body and mind.
  • Stress and worry decrease.
  • We experience an incredible feeling of being needed.
  • Depression is alleviated.
  • Endorphins are released in the brain, causing us to feel good.
  • Volunteering helps the community.
  • It improves our health and increases longevity.
  • We experience higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.
  • The more consistently we serve others, the better the psychological benefits.

The Joy of Giving To Others

A Life Of Service Begins With Childhood

I was taught as a child to serve others using my mature singing voice. At the ripe old age of 3, I would sing endlessly for the elderly, hospitals, churches, and community events.

I remember the sparks of joy filling my little heart as frowns turned to smiles and laughter. Warm hugs and a few tears taught me that I could bring joy to the less fortunate and the forgotten.

Little did I know that I was preparing for a singing career.

Teach your children to give gifts of service. Begin when they are young and they will grow to give to others throughout their lives.

Giving all year

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In Conclusion

Now you have 12 free Christmas gifts to keep you out of debt and make a difference in someone's life. It won't cost you a dime, and you will be at peace with yourself.

When you find you're short of cash for a birthday or an anniversary, don't fret. Use your imagination and give the gift of serving.

Giving of ourselves just takes a little thought and will be treasured and remembered for years to come. Make this the best Christmas Season as you provide a service for someone else.

Suggested Reading For Serving Others

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/04/04/why-helping-others-makes-us-happy?page=2

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/05/28/helping-others-is-good-for-your-health-an-interview-with-stephen-g-post-phd/

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

— Mahatma Ghandi

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 02, 2015:

Hello Sunshine625 - Wow - what a great idea! I'd love a gift like this. I'll bet most of hubland would too. Thanks so much for adding to the free Christmas gift list. Hugs.

Hi Rebecca. Thank you for reading my hub. So nice of you to take he time to do this. And Merry Christmas to you too!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 29, 2015:

Good suggestions and they would be so helpful. Sweet hub. Merry Christmas early, Audrey!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 29, 2015:

Great ideas! We could also offer to edit a hub or a book as a gift, I just thought of that idea while reading your funtabulous list! :)

brandieguinn on December 19, 2014:

Audrey / vocalcoach im in Bowling green ohio I have 4 children girl 12 twin girl and boy 9 and my youngest daughter is 6 thanks for responding my children are good kids we are just on a rough road right now so thank you in advance for anything even a prayer or so can help

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 19, 2014:

brandieguinn

Where are you located, how many kids and ages.

Thanks. Audrey

brandieguinn on December 18, 2014:

Hello my name is brandie I have 4kids 3 girl's and 1 boy I am a single mother and I have no idea on how to get my kids Christmas this year if anyone can help me it would be appreciated god bless you all happy holidays to you all

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 22, 2014:

PegCole17

So nice to see you Peg. I love your idea for taking trash to the street for an elderly person on a walker or in a wheelchair. Trash coupons - fantastic!

My son, Todd, used to follow your second idea. He would visit someone in a Skilled Nursing Home, especially at Christmas. He always took one of his children so they could present a little gift. Todd loved to do this. It also set an example for his little ones.

Thank you dear Peg for being such a giving and amazing person. I think so much of you. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! ~Audrey

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 21, 2014:

These are terrific ideas Audrey. For an elderly person on a walker or in a wheelchair, even taking the trash to the street can be burdensome. Trash coupons! Maybe I'll get the hubby to give me some for Christmas. Or visit someone in a Skilled Nursing Home and have lunch with them. Many folks do not have family nearby and would love the company.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on November 19, 2014:

bravewarrior

When we give from the heart, I believe something amazing happens. A shift in the universe for good and others are affected as well as the immediate receivers. So glad to see you, Sha. You always find a deeper meaning to messages that flow across HP. I love that!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 19, 2014:

Excellent ideas, Audrey. And so easy to do! I loved the video of the guy giving out McDonald's meals. It seems the lady at checkout was just as amazed as the people who received their 4 sandwiches. Awesome!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on October 03, 2011:

R Talloni - We all appreciate the gifts that are given at Christmastime - but I would rather have a back massage from a neighbor than a store bought gift any day

Thank you.

RTalloni on October 03, 2011:

Such a lovely hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 23, 2010:

Hello, hello - Thank you for leaving your lovely comment. You are always so kind and loving. My best to you, my dear friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 21, 2010:

kimh039 - Taking your cookies to the office puts a smile on everyone's face and warms the heart. A very giving thing to do. Exactly what this article is about. Thank you kim and have a great Christmas!

Kim Harris on December 21, 2010:

Some great ideas vocalcoach. Giving is energizing. Thanks for the suggestions. I did frost some cookies this week and took them to the office. It wasn't much, but it did seem to make a difference. Happy Holidays.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 18, 2010:

Katie - Thank you for your lovely words. I know you are a giving person from personal experience as well as all the comments you are given by your readers. Giving is what you are about. My dear, sweet angels are with me now for which I am so very grateful - Enjoy the season with your precious family. Stay in perfect health. Love and hugs.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 18, 2010:

World-Traveler - Great! You are so right when you say giving is better than receiving. And I'm on my way right now, to add some piano music to a dinner for the homeless. Thanks so much!

World-Traveler from USA on December 18, 2010:

I try to help whenever possible. The gift of giving, I feel, is better than receiving. Voted Up! with Awesome and Beautiful! Thanks!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on December 17, 2010:

Now that's the way to give! I love the way you think, feel and GIVE! Many Blessings, Love, Peace and Joy! May a full charge of angels be with you every moment of this season. You are in good company! :)Katie

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 15, 2010:

FloBe - Not sure if my way of thinking about giving is because I am getting older, or because I'm wiser (maybe both). :-) But this year I have definitely decided to give in a personal way instead of material. I thank you for your comments and wish you the best of life!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on December 14, 2010:

That is a very thoughful hub and in the true Christmas spirit.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 13, 2010:

epigramman - I find it such a joy, helping others, a little here, a little there - I am the one who is the most rewarded. And speaking of blessings - YOU, my precious e-man, are one of my most treasured. :-)

epigramman on December 13, 2010:

....well you bring the truth gift of Christmas with just being yourself and touching people's lives all around you 365 days a year - and that my friend is a blessing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 12, 2010:

CMCastro - Hi there! I like the idea of writing a hub about your own personal experiences for giving and will be looking for it. Happy Holidays to you!

Flo Belanger from British Columbia, Canada on December 12, 2010:

Excellent ways to give from the heart. I've just been thinking about the whole concept of giving, so finding your article was well-timed. Thanks.

Christina M. Castro from Baltimore,MD USA on December 12, 2010:

When Pondering on the topics to write a hub about, your topic for Christmas Giving came to mind. I decided to write about my personal experiences instead. This is a Wonderful hub to read for people like me who hates holiday shopping!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 11, 2010:

Micky Dee - Thanks Micky. I will let Mike Percy know that you liked his rendition of "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas" - and Happiest of Holidays to you. :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 11, 2010:

Dear Lita - You are a beautiful example of the very subject I wrote about. A giving and marvelous thing to do. You are creating lasting, loving memories to be treasured and passed on through families. God bless you and may you prosper in 2011!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 11, 2010:

Betty - I remember being a young mother and would have loved to have had someone I trust come and stay with the baby while I took a much needed break. Thanks.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 11, 2010:

Dear Kaie - I am pleased that you liked my hub. You are so right. Giving to someone, somehow each day is what it's all about. Thanks so very much.

Kaie Arwen on December 10, 2010:

That is a GREAT quote............. giving of oneself is the most important thing of all.......... every day! Kaie

Betty Reid from Texas on December 10, 2010:

Great ideas, especially the babysitting!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2010:

Grandma's House - You are so kind to leave such beautiful comments. I am very happy to see you here and eager to visit your hubs. Enjoy life!

Grandma's House on December 10, 2010:

You have so many good ideas here! Thank you - I especially like what you said about how little it takes for a miracle :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2010:

Fiddleman - My hope is that each one of us will offer our help to one another all year. Even a small action like putting the garbage container away for a neighbor can give us a "feel good" warm feeling. Glad you liked the Mike Percy Video. He is a beautiful person. Thank you.

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on December 10, 2010:

I live in a poor neighborhood where many of the kids come home once in a while to eat with us. This Christmas, my 2 daughters and I are giving them a Christmas Party, complete with games to play, prizes to give, some grocery giveaways and video singing all day on December 25. Plans are now forming with help from the parents. There will be exchange of gifts to be handled by the parents. I already have the menu for the snacks hour, too. This in fact, has become my family's tradition handed down to us by my parents.

Feels great to share the little that we earn to those who can't pay us back! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and your family.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2010:

Petra - Thanks for the hug. I just love that! Spreading love and peace is a joyous thing to do. I am the the one who benefits the most. My best to you Petra.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2010:

cwarden - Thanks for confirming the list of gifts. You are a very good person. Appreciate your comments.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 10, 2010:

richtwf - You are so kind to give such appreciation to my hub. Thank you for your friendship which is the greatesd of all gifts. Life is good!

cwarden from USA on December 10, 2010:

I would love to receive quite a few of these gifts you listed! What a wonderful hub - Thanks!

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on December 10, 2010:

I am giving you that hug you said you would like and could use. Have a Marry Christmas and spread the love and peace of your heart

Fiddleman on December 10, 2010:

Tremendous hub and such a great thought. Enjoyed the video.

Micky Dee on December 10, 2010:

Very nice! I loved the rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Mike Percy. God bless!

richtwf on December 10, 2010:

Great idea for us and to remind us that the gift of giving ourselves and our time is a precious gift appreciated by others.

I loved the quotes and will share those with friends. Cheers and God bless!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Pahrump NV on December 09, 2010:

Dear carrie - Thanks and you and your family enjoy Christmas as well.

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on December 09, 2010:

Thanks for the great ideas vocalcoach. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on December 09, 2010:

It is good to remember the happy Christmas.

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