It’s official: the holidays are here. The stores are filled with decorations and social media is filled with holiday movie recommendations. While you look forward to your Halloween candy and Christmas presents, don’t forget to take a minute and spend some time thinking about one of the most important themes of the holidays: giving thanks. Heck, it is even in the name of one of them. While “giving thanks” often takes the form of expensive displays of affection, sometimes you just aren’t in the financial situation to shower those you are thankful for in gifts and presents – even if you think they deserve it. You’re probably too busy saving for the actual gift-giving holidays of the season. Luckily, there are other ways to show your thanks. Here are 5 ways to give thanks to those in your life without breaking the bank.
Nobody likes doing their own chores. Sometimes, one of the best ways to show the people in our lives that we care about that we are thankful for them is doing the things they hate to do themselves. Maybe you’ll clean their car or scrub their bathtub, or perhaps do the dishes for a few nights. Show them they matter and are important to your life by getting down and dirty for their benefit!
Cooking doesn’t have to stop at Thanksgiving dinner. Taking those you love out for a nice meal might be tempting, but cooking for your friends and family is often much cheaper. While cooking might be more effort, it doesn’t have to be too hard. The internet is filled with simple, cheap recipes that will wow those you love and show them exactly how much you care!
If cooking really isn’t your thing, perhaps look at a picnic out! State or National Parks are great places to spend some time surrounded by natural beauty. With the weather mellowing out across the country, now is the perfect time to utilize these amazing and affordable attractions. Instead of cooking a full blown meal, you can just make little finger foods and snacks to take with you. You can eat, enjoy nature, and be merry, all while showing your thanks.
Everyone loves to feel pampered and relaxed! A massage is a great way to show those around you that you care. While buying one is an expensive affair, you can offer to give one yourself. A good shoulder massage can help those around you feel loved and appreciated. If you’ve never given a massage before, the internet has helpful tips for technique. But, really, it is the thought and effort that counts. Light a scented candle, play a calming station on Spotify, and they will be thanking you by the end of it!
Most towns and cities have beautiful Downtown areas filled with nice kitschy stores and restaurants. While shopping at these stores can really rack up some cash, it is delightful to just walk around, window shop, people watch, and just talk with those you care about.
Honestly, there are so many ways to show those you love that you are thankful for them. Don’t get intimidated by society’s expectations – money is not the only way to show you care. There is no need to get a car title loan to afford giving thanks. Odds are, those that you are thankful for are also thankful for you. It probably won’t take much to please them.