What is Your Role: Bystander or Ally?November 30, 2017
~ Caring Gifts Are Meaningful Gifts ~
If you are scratching your head wondering what gifts to get the people you care about, consider giving something far more meaningful than an item off a store shelf. Give the gift of yourself.
There is nothing more precious than giving of your time, your compassion, your skills & knowledge, and your attention.
Here is a list of 14 caring gifts to get you inspired.
Give your time
- Offer to house sit or pet sit
- Offer to help clean or organize
- Offer to help with paperwork or errands
- Set up a schedule of times you will spend together
Give your compassion
- Make donation to a charity in the recipient's name
- Volunteer to help a charitable organization the recipient cares about
Give your skills and knowledge
- Make a cookbook of recipes of recipient's favorite foods
- Make a scrap book of things that reflect important moments in your relationship
- Bake or cook something special
- Give something you created by hand or raised yourself - a scarf, a cake, a plant, herbs, etc.
- Offer to tutor or give lessons
Give your attention
- Set up a visit for you to go together to a free or low cost event or locale - a fair, a museum, a park, etc.
- Make an audio recording of you reading a favorite book or set of poems
- Make a personalized game - a scavenger hunt, a trivia quiz, a board game, or a puzzle
Are you a Teacher or Parent?
Consider having your students and children make coupon books to give as gifts.
Here is a link to free coupon templates https://www.template.net/deals-coupons/homemade-coupon/
or use this TPN orginal Caring Gift Coupon template
- Use the templates suggested or have students measure out their own strips of paper. (A great way to integrate math learning into this activity)
- Fill out the coupons. - Students can decide on a time or number of hours or days they will offer a gift of their time, energy, skills, or caring.
- Decorate creatively using crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.
- Cut them out.
- Make a front and back cover from colorful paper and decoratively write the name of the recipient on it.
- Then staple or punch a hole in the end and tie the booklet together using ribbon or yarn.
More on caring gifts from Teach Peace Now:
Books about Gift Giving
Gift Giving in a Season of Buying
What is your favorite gift to receive?
We welcome your thoughts and comments.