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November 30, 2017
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~ 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

Give a gift of time, caring, and attention. Activy idea from TeachPeaceNow


  1. Use the templates suggested or have students measure out their own strips of paper. (A great way to integrate math learning into this activity)
  2. 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.
  3. Decorate creatively using crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.
  4. Cut them out.
  5. Make a front and back cover from colorful paper and decoratively write the name of the recipient on it.
  6. 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 

Simple Kindness


What is your favorite gift to receive?

We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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