11 Gifts You Can Make With Basically Nothing But Thought

The thought will always count more than the cost. So if your budget is all but nonexistent, here are a few ideas that could get you through the holidays. And if the end result is a really bad gift, it might even help someone win a Jack Daniel’s holiday sled.

1. Frame a ticket stub from something you both went to:

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Never forgot the good times.

2. Cross-stitch a personally significant quote:

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Words are more meaningful when you use needle and thread.

3. Give the gift of laughter:

Further proof that it’s better to give than receive.

4. Bake some delicious treats from — gasp! — scratch:


And then you get to say, “The main ingredient was love.”

5. Or offer to cook someone their favorite meal:

Bonus points if you are a terrible chef and thoroughly explain how difficult this will be for both of you.

6. Get clever with your Christmas card creation:

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Because your wit is never in short supply.

7. Get crafty and craft up some snow:

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You can even make some nerdflakes for your favorite nerd.

8. Be super groovy and choreograph a little dance to their favorite song:

Doing it as a hoodie monster is completely optional.

9. If you can part with a favorite book from your childhood, a younger family member would certainly enjoy it:

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Classics are classics forever.

10. A free playdate with your cat:

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Don’t worry — she loves you! It’ll be fun! Maybe wear protective clothing?

11. A fresh breeze from a faraway place:

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Give the gift of literally nothing.

For something great that don't cost a thing, enter to win a Jack Daniel’s holiday sled:

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