There’s always a reason to buy a present, whether it be a birthday, an anniversary or just because you want to show someone you love them. Here’s a few ideas that come from the heart. Most are for a significant other but can be used for family as well. And most of them take more time than money!
A Scrap Book
Make a scrap book with photos of your time together. Add little notes about what’s happening in each picture or why you love the person you’re giving it to.
Cook a Meal
Make their favourite food. Nothing says “I Love You” like a home cooked meal. Especially if their favourite meal is something massively extravagant that takes a lot of time to prepare.
Take them to a Meal
If you’re not very good at cooking, take them to their favourite restaurant and pay for that instead. It may not be as cheap, but it saves you the time and effort of learning how to cook!
You may think mix tapes are old fashioned. But making your loved one a playlist or CD of their favourite songs or the songs that remind you of them is a great present. Everyone loves music.
Memory Jar/Box and Envelopes
This one is probably my favourite and its split into sections. To make the memory jar you just need to write 365 little notes on different coloured paper. The different colours represent different things, like reasons you love them, memories, song lyrics that remind them of you, ANYTHING! (As long as its happy.) Seems like a lot, right? Wrong! The notes can be similar because the idea of the jar is the person you give it to picks one a day to read. So as long as you mix the jar well the chances are they won’t get a similar on twice in a row.
The difference between the jar and the envelopes is that in the envelope you can write something longer. So instead of just a little note it’s an entire letter. Personally, if I was going to do that I’d write one for every week instead of every day or one for specific things e.g. open when you feel sad, open when you miss me, open when you feel unattractive etc. The options are endless!!
Date jars are very similar to the memory jar but instead of memories you put date ideas. If you struggle to come up with date ideas just pick one out of the jar. You could use different colours for different types of dates e.g. indoor activities, outdoor activities, dinner dates, etc.
Put together a load of photos of you and the person you’re giving the present to and put it in a big frame, so they can hang it up.
I hope these ideas help if you’re ever stuck for a gift! Let me know if you have any other gift ideas that come from the heart and I can add them to the list.