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12 ways to give back this holiday season without breaking the bank

The holidays are about giving. Giving to friends and family are usually our first priority, but once our money is spent on gifts, what’s left to give? Here are 12 ways to give back this holiday season without breaking the bank. Stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more inexpensive ways to give joy this holiday season. 

Give thanks

The best gifts don’t come from the mall , they come from the heart.  One thing that will always show heart, and can make someone’s day, is a simple thank you. Whether you’re in line at the grocery store, ordering lunch at the café, or spending time at home with family, remember to say thank you when someone does something helpful. Gratitude goes a long way

Make a phone call  

In the busy world we live in, it’s easy to lose touch or forget to check in on others. Have your parents been leaving voicemail after voicemail? Is your favorite cousin trying to get in touch to share some great news? Give them a call. They’d be thrilled to hear your voice.

Make time for a worthy cause  

During the giving season, give your time to a worthy cause. Whether you’re volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, giving back to the community is one of the greatest gifts you can give. The best part? Giving time gives your wallet a break after holiday shopping!

Share a smile 

Smiles are contagious! Sharing your optimism and good attitude with others is sure to brighten up their day and yours. Get out there and brighten everyone’s day with your gorgeous grin.

Send a handwritten note to a colleague 

There’s something about a handwritten note that just feels more meaningful than a text or an email. It’s personal you can hang on to it forever! Show appreciation to a colleague by writing them a handwritten note.

Post a positive review

Do you have a restaurant or an app on your phone that you love? Let the owners know by leaving a positive review. The iOS App Store and Google Play Store are great for app reviews while Yelp or Google are great for brick and mortar business reviews.

Share a compliment 

Giving a genuine compliment is one of the most under-estimated gifts. Think beyond surface-level admiration and acknowledge qualities like someone’s positive attitude or their sense of humor. A thoughtful compliment can turn someone’s dull day into a bright one.

Give a meal 

Show someone you care about them from the kitchen! A great way to show appreciation to someone you know is by cooking a nice home-made meal.

Take (or give) a day off 

Employers, give your employees a well-deserved day off after a tough week. The time spent rejuvenating will yield great moral in the office when everyone returns to work.

Do a favor

Give the gift of a favor this holiday season. Help someone out around the house, watch your friend’s kids, shovel your neighbor’s driveway. Trust us, some people will appreciate these gifts more than anything else they receive this year. 

Give encouragement 

Do you know someone who could use a lift? Give them some words of encouragement this season. There is nothing more compassionate than support.

Give the gift of time 

Family is the star of the holiday season. Give the gift of quality time to a loved one this season. 


Looking for more ideas? We’ve got plenty of them! Take a look at this list for more ways to spread kindness in the world.

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About the Author

Basha Coleman