4 No-Gift Ways to Show Appreciation During the Holidays

When was the last time you took some time to tell someone how much they mean to you? If there’s one thing this year has taught us, it's that relationships matter.

One of the best ways to let others know you care about them is to actually tell them. And you can do that without breaking the bank, and in most cases, not even spend a dime.

Here are three budget-friendly ways you can show your gratitude during the holidays. And even better, you can do each one of them from the comfort of your home.

1. Mail Out Holiday Cards With a Twist

Who doesn't love a holiday card with a good old-fashioned hand-written note inside? These give the receiver a glimpse into your world and make a stronger connection between both parties.

Here’s how to do it with flare. Take a couple of extra minutes for each card and write four things you appreciate about that person. If it’s a family, write about a shared memory and how much it meant to you.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to get your family involved. Have your kids record a short video and upload it to YouTube. Write out the link in your card, telling them there’s a special message waiting. You may find that this becomes part of your yearly holiday traditions!

2. Give a Dedicated Shout-Out

Giving a well-deserved shout-out is a fun way to shine the spotlight on someone you value and appreciate. Here are three fun ways you can get started:

  • Recognize a special someone on social media. Write down all the things you value about that person, how you met and maybe a few shared experiences. And then tag them in the post to share the love.
  • Record a personalized voice message or video and send it directly to them. You can also include it in a group thread and let others chime in!
  • Come in early and decorate one of your team members’ desks with fresh flowers, memorable pictures, funny gifts and a handwritten note.

The goal here is to acknowledge someone just because…. with no expectation of anything in return.

3. Send a Heartfelt Video

There's a reason why TikTok and Instagram Reels are soooo addicting. We looooooove videos!

So take a cue from these social media platforms and record a short video for someone who could use a little extra love and then text or email it as a wonderful surprise.

Pro tip: Not sure who to send a video to? Scroll through your phone’s contacts a few times, and randomly stop, putting your finger somewhere on the screen. Whatever name you land on is the one you can do the video for!

Don't Wait! Start Showing Appreciation Today

For many people, the holidays can be a stressful time. We’re all tired and in need of some extra love and attention. Finding ways to share your appreciation with the people in your life will warm their heart and deepen your relationship.

A simple act of kindness or a sincere gesture – even a small one – can make all the difference in the world. Your appreciation may be the best gift they’ve received all year. 

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