The birthday of your best friend is coming, or maybe it’s your birthday or mother’s birthday. Regardless, it is a special event and you realize that it is your responsibility to make this day special. At the same time, you understand that you do not have the financial resources to invest in expensive gifts. Your financial situation just doesn’t allow you, but you want to celebrate. You want to show this person how much they mean to you, but at the same time you just can’t afford to buy them a gift. What to do? Of course, a detailed comparison table can provide an opportunity to get an expense that can also be used to cover party and gift costs. However, the alternative is to do without it.
First of all, it must be admitted that significant marking of life events is not related to the use of money. Where’s the Hook? These strategies usually take some time and often require some intention and planning. Here are my favorite and most creative ways to mark an anniversary without spending money.
- Write a really heartfelt letter to this person or make a card yourself, avoid buying another store card. It’s easy to give someone a greeting card with a nice wish on it. It is much more difficult to write a card yourself, but it is worth it and will make the card a really personal and great gift with your own words and your handwriting. Just sit down with a blank card and thank them for how they’ve helped you or how they make you feel. Let this person know that they are important to you in your own words.
- Write and share your sincere appreciation for this person. Maybe you want the world to know how great your friend or spouse is. In this case, take the time to write a truly sincere assessment of this person and share it with social networks and elsewhere. Share some of the special things they do, as well as a better idea of their life traditions, and what that means for you and others. Many people who deserve recognition are humble and unwilling to praise themselves, but are deeply grateful that others recognize their efforts. Be a man who recognizes these efforts in a truly sincere way.
- If your partner is an anniversary and your partner is introverted, give him or her a lot of time alone. This is especially true for me. I’m introverted, and sometimes I really enjoy spending time with myself, no matter how deeply I love my family. I like the time when I can easily read a book or homework alone or play a card game without any other presence, but it’s hard to do if we are five in the family. My wife sometimes gives me this gift. She will spend the day with the kids somewhere else, leaving me at home (or elsewhere) so I can enjoy a quiet moment alone. It really charges me, and I feel more energetic when they return home.
- Create a video or a small documentary about the life of a special person and how it is meaningful and wonderful. This idea was drawn from a acquaintance who made such a film about her husband. It literally didn’t cost her anything (just time and effort), but it was one of the most important things her husband had ever received. She just recorded a documentary, in which she put together several videos of the moments when her husband did something to others or cared for his children or family dinner or the like, then she mixed it with people feedback about the huge positive effects of her husband to their lives – from her and her children, as well as from other family members and friends and from colleagues and community members. The only cost she had was a blank DVD she gave her husband as a birthday present.
Share their passion
- Get involved in this person’s hobby with them. Whatever your hobby, take a moment to learn about it and get involved. You do not have to try to realize it in general, but just look at it as a way to learn more about this hobby and about the person you care about. Play this person’s favorite game with them. Take part in the sport they like. Help them prepare something. Watch the football game with them and ask questions, trying to really understand what is happening. Whatever their hobby, let them teach you and show you how it works and do it together. It will create a special link between you and show them that your interests are important to you.
- Let this person choose the next movies or the next shows to watch together, and enjoy them with them even if it’s not your favorite genre. If you often watch TV in the evening, let the other person deliberately choose something for a while to look at, even if it is not something you would love to watch. There is definitely something in the genre that they really liked, but that they didn’t watch because they thought you wouldn’t agree. Encourage your loved one to choose this option. Even if you are quite sure that you will not like it, try to realize it without bias. At first, it may not be right for you, but you can find some things you like and it can tie you a little closer together.
Use the things you have available
- Prepare the cake. Most likely you already have most of the ingredients. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a cake, and it’s much easier than you think. Sugar, butter, eggs, flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla extract are literally all you need. You can create a single layer cake in almost any pan. Then you can create a nice glaze using the same ingredients just by adding icing sugar. Add the food color to get any color you want. “But if it doesn’t look nice?” Most people will appreciate homemade cakes with little flaws. Efforts and love make a real difference.
- View your photo archive and put together something unforgettable. One of the strategies is to find a picture frame in your home that you either don’t use or use, and find some important photos from your collection to fill that frame and present it as a gift. Another approach is to find the best pictures with the anniversary and share them in different ways – social networks, private communication groups where your friend will be able to see them. The goal is to view and share some of the memories that you have shared over the years, and possibly to share these good feelings with others.