Christmas is almost here, which means it’s time to think about gifts. If you are like us, then gifts can be difficult to afford. Over the years, we have done many free things for our kids and for one another. Here are some of the ideas that I suggest you try this year if you need a free Christmas gift ideas.
Free Kindle Books
Authors put their ebooks on sale to gain more exposure. In fact, I put my ebooks on sale about every 3 month for free. But, if you are looking for books that are always free, you can get many classics from Amazon for free.
You don’t have to have a Kindle in order to read these books. I have the Kindle app on my Android phone and they have it for iPhone as well. You can even read it on your computer.
If you give these books, then you can print off the cover of the book and put it in their stocking or a box. Don’t have a printer? Then just write down the list of books you downloaded.
There are any number of free printables you can download from bloggers around the web. Depending on what you are looking for, you should be able to find it.
For kids you can get:
For adults try:
It’s amazing what you can find with a simple Google search. Just put the words free printable in front of whatever you are looking for.
Make a Special Space
I’ve been known to create special spaces in our houses for the kids. One year, I turned a closet into a reading nook (it was a big closet). Set aside space in your house for something special. You might set up an art station, craft area, gaming place, or anything they are interested in. Just use items in your house that you already own.
Right now, we have turned our garage into a living room area for the kids. It has been a work in progress, but everything in there came off the side of the road during bulk pick up weekends.
If it is for your spouse, maybe you can re-organize an area to fit something they need. Maybe they want a place to workout, sew, woodwork, or do other projects. Simply cleaning up the space and making if available is gift enough.
Give Things That Belongs To You
You don’t have to wait until you pass away to gift things to your children. Maybe you have something of value that you will want them to have one day, like a coin collection, gun, or piece of jewelry.
If you have small kids, you can put together a box of dress-up clothes from things you no longer wear. Look through your closet and find old scarves, hats, ties, wallets, purses, shoes, and anything else they may be able to use.
Create an Experience
We try to do clutter-free gifts as much as possible. Experience-based gifts are a lot of fun and don’t require you to spend money. You would need to make up coupons of some kind to share what the experience will be. If you have items that you will use for that night, you can go ahead and gather them together.
Here are a few ideas:
- Movie night- round up blankets, snacks, and anything else you have that would be great for a movie night. You can use a movie you already have or check out one from the library. Just write down the title if you will have to check it out or wait for a free Redbox code.
- Free museums- plan a day to visit some of the free museums in your area. If you are in a small town, then plan a trip to the closest city to you. On that day, be ready to pack food for your family so you don’t have to spend money. Make sure to use some long lasting ice packs so your food does not spoil.
- Cooking lessons- you can let your children pick a recipe and then help you cook it. Give them a coupon for the number of lessons you are going to do with them. You can do this with any skill you have that you want to teach your kids in greater detail.
- Library events- check out the free events that are going on at your local library. This past summer, we took our kids to a Harry Potter day at the library. They made all kinds of crafts and played games. It didn’t cost us at all. Most libraries are given a budget to do free things.
Find YouTube Tutorials
My kids have been really into origami in the past. I’ve located YouTube tutorials that my kids could watch and learn how to fold their paper. You can do this same concept with anything you think they would be interested in.
If your child likes magic, then find magic trick videos. Maybe they want to learn to play an instrument you already own. Or you can create a playlist of kid-friendly dance moves.
For your spouse, you might consider finding tutorials to help them with a hobby they love. If they really enjoy sewing or crafts, look for tutorials of things they might want to try. If they are into photography, you can search out tips for that. Put it all in a playlist and share it with them on Christmas day.
Check Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist
People are always selling things on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. However, you can find free things on these platforms as well. We’ve picked up a coach off of Craigslist before. I regularly see things posts on Facebook Marketplace that are free as well.
You might be able to find something that you can gift someone in your family. Just be ready to clean it up or re-purpose it.
Put Together a Picture Slideshow
Sometimes you can get photo books for free. But, if there aren’t current deals, you can always put together a slideshow and show it to your family. You can even put it in a folder to share with them. I realized the other day that we take tons of pictures of our kids, but rarely show them to them. Bargain Hunters Blog would also help you with some cool ideas on creating your photo books.
Utilize the Library
The library is a great resource for your family. Sometimes, they are giving away free things you can take advantage of. It could be classes, storytimes, events, or free lunch programs. The library can be a good resource if you are building an experience-based gift.
You can get books like these to help you put together those experiences:
- Crafting book
- Science experiment book
There was a time that my kids thought I could make anything. In fact, they were super confused when I told them I could not, in fact, make a motorized toy. However, there are tons of easy toys you can make like:
- Puppets– I’ve made the kids puppets before and made them a puppet theater out of a box. Also, I made them hobby horses one year by attaching a stuffed sock on the end of a PVC pipe we happened to have.
- Washcloth animals
- Store- instead of trashing your cereal boxes, pasta mix boxes, or anything cardboard, save it. You can take the food out of the boxes and tape up the ends. These types of items make for great grocery store toys.
Night of Romance
Austin and I are advocates of planning a night of romance on a regular basis. To help us remember to do that during Christmas, we hang a sexy stocking in our room. You can fill your stocking, or put together a box of things you already own to create your romantic night.
Here are a few free sexy things you can add to the mix:
Other Free Gift Ideas
Here area few more free gift ideas you might consider for your family or people that you know:
- Chore coupons- make coupons to do the chores your family member hates
- T-shirt scarf– just use an old t-shirt to make this. It needs to be seamless.
- Sugar scrub- a basic sugar scrub is made with either white or raw sugar and oil. You can get fancy and add essential oils if you have them. Just add enough oil to wet down the sugar and put it in a container.
- Bath bombs– these bath bombs are made from things you might already have in your pantry.
- Make snacks and treats from what you have.
These are some of my totally free Christmas gift ideas. What are ideas that you have? Leave me a comment below.