Creative Giving Ideas: 10 Better Ways to Give

Creative Giving Ideas: 10 Better Ways to Give August 28, 2013

Have you ever given a gift and it just didn’t have the effect you desired? Maybe you’ve given one too many gift cards and you’re ready for something different – something creative! Here are some better ways you can give and make someone’s day! Whether you are giving to a stranger or someone you know, they’ll be sure to love these gift ideas.

10 Creative Gift Ideas People Love!

1. Send a plain white card with one compliment inside.

The simplicity of this gift is powerful. If you want to make someone’s day, think of one genuine compliment, jot it down on a blank card, and drop it in the mail. No need to add your name – they’ll get that from the envelope if you add it.

Beautiful. Simple. Encouraging!

2. Gift a day of work.

What do you do for a living? Maybe you’re a contractor who can afford to buy some paint and redo a friend’s home interior. Or perhaps you’re a web designer who can build a custom theme for someone’s website.

Whatever it is you do, turn your knowledge and skill set into a gift someone will never forget!

3. Leave groceries on a doorstep.

Perhaps you know a family in need or someone who can’t get out of the house due to illness. Head to the grocery store and buy them a few groceries – or maybe a whole lot of groceries! It’s like a secret mission. Park down the street, set all the groceries on the doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run away without being seen!

Giving in secret can be a blast. Give it a try!

4. Give three small gifts tailored for that person.

Instead of giving a generic gift, brainstorm a bit first! One way to do this is to think of three interests the person has. Write these three interests down on a piece of paper. Then, think of three small gifts that reflect each of their interests! You might even label each present with each of their interests!

This will show that you put work into your giving, and you care about what they love.

5. Write a note of complement to a business owner.

If you receive excellent service (at a restaurant or otherwise), that deserves an excellent complement! If it’s a small business, ask for the phone number of the business owner so that you can call them and give a word of thanks. Be sure to mention specific employees who have displayed excellence! Who knows, they might get a raise!

If the business is larger, try working your way up the corporate ladder to complement the employee(s) that made your day.

6. Chocolate. Enough said.

Okay, let’s actually talk about this one. Chocolate makes a great gift, but be sure to give fancy chocolate, not brands that are so easily recognizable! It’s my conviction that when people bite into a piece of chocolate, they want to imagine it was handmade in some small mom and pop bakery in Italy. Now if you can find chocolate of that sort, extra points for you!

Yum. Yum. Yum.

7. Write a musical for your love and upload it to YouTube.

If you’re into singing, dancing, and spending hours editing complex musical pieces, this one’s for you! It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be epic. If you can get multiple people in on the event, even better!

Or, you could just simply upload a video on Facebook telling your someone special that you love them! That’ll work too.

8. Give a Netflix subscription!

Netflix has one of the largest online movie streaming collections. You can watch movies unlimited – something that makes for a great gift! You can give a gift subscription by visiting their website.

9. Spend time with someone who is lonely.

A man in the hospital. A widow who recently lost her husband. A little boy who has nobody to build Legos with. Ask your church who might be lonely and how you can help be a friend.

The gift of company is sometimes the best gift you can give.

10. Serve others continually with your life.

In this last way to give, I want to challenge you to give of yourself continually. Become like a living sacrifice, serving others always.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45 NIV

What are some creative giving ideas you have? Perhaps you can share a giving story with us? Leave a comment below!

This article was originally published April 10, 2012.

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  • While not as noble or selfless as many of the options you discussed, you can save a lot of money on presents by using a gift card exchange. Gift cards are the most popular type of present, and an exchange gives you the ability to save as much as 30%.

  • What great ideas! I read on a couponing blog once that this lady’s husband was trying to be a blessing to a different person everyday and was actually about to stick to his goal because of the reasons you listed above. I love how you gave ideas that don’t have to cost money or not a lot of money.

  • #9 is sooooo important. There is no greater gift that you can give. Spending a few minutes with someone who needs it can literally change their life for the better.

  • Really like this post. Really really like this line (from #9): The gift of company is sometimes the best gift you can give.

  • PK

    I agree with the giving in secret idea – true charity is anonymous, right?

  • mary

    Good article. The idea about notes to a business or company mentioning an outstanding service or employee.

  • I loved #3. When I was little my mom found out a family we knew had no groceries and didn’t know if they were going to be able to eat. We raided our freezer and pantry and pulled out two full grocery bags, enough to eat for a week, dropped it on their doorstep and left. We almost got caught, too. They were coming home right as we left, but they could never verify it was us. Best day I can remember.

  • Those are some great ideas with potential to also be free/inexpensive. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  • These are some great ideas! Number 10 is my favorite.

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  • I agree with most of the others that #9 is the most important one. Many times we get so wrapped up in our busy lives that we forget to step back and spend time with others.

  • I think the first idea is brilliant because as a graphic designer I notice that people often try and over-do their cards, fliers, posters etc when the really simple modern look is so popular. Pick a nice typeface, stick it in the middle on some nice card stock and someone will you think you purchased the card!

  • Nancy Jorden

    I have been trying to find a way through my financial help. This has helped me out a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  • The gift of experiences! Last year around my grandparents paid for a week cruise for my fiancee and me…thats something that will simply remain etched in my memories for a very long time. Am hoping I can pay it forward by gifting people with unique (not necessarily expensive) experiences this year!