12 Free Christmas Gifts To Keep You Out Of Debt

This Christmas give of yourself the most precious gift of all.
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Give Of Yourself This Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving to others. We carefully choose gifts that will be welcomed, wanted and appreciated. We spend more than we should and even go into debt. We need to stop and think about how we can give without spending money. Gifts of service require no money, bring contentment to the giver and will keep you out of debt this year.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” - Kahil Gibran

The best and most precious gift to give during the Christmas season and throughout the year is to give of yourself to others. Buying material things is not the only way to give a gift. Share some time and a few of your blessings and talents with those who cannot pay you back. You will find joy and peace beyond understanding.

You don’t have to go into debt, just share what you have, no matter how little it may seem to you. Nothing makes you feel more positive about yourself than giving of yourself to others. And when you truly, sincerely feel positive about yourself, you can achieve magnificent things.

I've listed 12 simple ways to give of yourself. With a little imagination, you will be able to add to the list and will bring more joy to others and to yourself.

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12 Free Christmas Gifts

  • Every young couple with a new baby appreciates some alone time. Offer to give them an evening out or a day to themselves.
  • Take a neighbors' dog for a walk, especially if the neighbor is elderly or ill.
  • Give a Christmas Card with a home made coupon listing a few small errands to do for the person you are giving the card to.
  • Offer to provide transportation for an older person to do grocery shopping, for a doctors appointment, the bank, or hair salon.
  • Anyone would appreciate having their weeds pulled and plants watered.

Promise to give a car wash or two.
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More Useful Ways To Give Freely

  • Offer to rake leaves, or mow a lawn.
  • Enclose a message of "I will wash your car as my gift to you", inside the Christmas Card
  • Offer to make dinner for a family or offer dessert as your gift.
  • Set a date to clean a specific room in a home (or the complete house).
  • Do a load or two of washing and fold the clothes and put them away.
  • Offer to give someone a foot massage, manicure or pedicure.
  • Record a beautiful poem or song that you read or sing.
  • Give free hugs for the month - I could sure use a gift like that. :-)
  • Make a gift card for your child, (a Daddy Date, a Movie with Mom). If you have children, this is a great way to teach them how to give to each other without spending a penny.

An example of a gift might be a promise to clean a room, stay out of a siblings room and knock for permission to enter, picking up toys, clearing the dinner table - the list is endless.

The Joy of Giving To Others

The Benefits Of Serving Others

When we serve others every aspect of our lives can change and take on new meaning. Here are some of the benefits of serving others:

  • We gain an amazing feeling of satisfaction.
  • We make a difference in society.
  • Our children learn how to serve others through our example.
  • We develop a feeling of connection to others.
  • A feeling of happiness flows through our body and mind.
  • Stress and worry decreases.
  • We experience a wonderful feeling of being needed.
  • Depression is alleviated.
  • Endorphins are released in the brain causing us to feel good.
  • Volunteering helps the community.
  • Improves our health and increases longevity.
  • We experience higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.
  • The more consistent we are with serving others the better the psychological benefits.

A Life Of Service Begins With Childhood

I was taught as a child to give the gift of service. Being blessed with a mature voice my mother provided me with an opportunity to sing and perform for others. At the ripe old age of 3 I would sing endlessly for the elderly living in nursing homes.

I remember the sparks of joy filling my little heart as frowns turned to smiles and laughter. Warm hugs and a few tears taught me that I could bring joy to the less fortunate and the forgotten. Little did I know that I was being prepared for a life of singing as a career.

Teach your children to give gifts of service. Begin to do this when they are young and they will grow to give service to others throughout their lives.

Teach Your Children To Give To Others

A simple act of giving a flower impresses the young mind.
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In Conclusion

Now you have 12 free Christmas gifts to keep you out of debt and make a difference in someone's life while making them feel good. It won't cost you a dime and you will be at peace with your self because you've stayed out of debt and you've given of yourself.

When we give of ourselves, it just takes a little thought and will be treasured and remembered for years to come.

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light."
Albert Schweitzer

"Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible." Charles Dickens

Make this the best Christmas Season ever by providing a service to someone else.

Suggested Reading For Serving Others

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/04/04/why-helping-others-makes-us-happy?page=2

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/05/28/helping-others-is-good-for-your-health-an-interview-with-stephen-g-post-phd/

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

— Mahatma Ghandi

Giving all year

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is good to remember the happy Christmas.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Thanks for the great ideas vocalcoach. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear carrie - Thanks and you and your family enjoy Christmas as well.


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richtwf 5 years ago

Great idea for us and to remind us that the gift of giving ourselves and our time is a precious gift appreciated by others.

I loved the quotes and will share those with friends. Cheers and God bless!


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very nice! I loved the rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Mike Percy. God bless!


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Tremendous hub and such a great thought. Enjoyed the video.


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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

I am giving you that hug you said you would like and could use. Have a Marry Christmas and spread the love and peace of your heart


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

I would love to receive quite a few of these gifts you listed! What a wonderful hub - Thanks!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

richtwf - You are so kind to give such appreciation to my hub. Thank you for your friendship which is the greatesd of all gifts. Life is good!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cwarden - Thanks for confirming the list of gifts. You are a very good person. Appreciate your comments.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Petra - Thanks for the hug. I just love that! Spreading love and peace is a joyous thing to do. I am the the one who benefits the most. My best to you Petra.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I live in a poor neighborhood where many of the kids come home once in a while to eat with us. This Christmas, my 2 daughters and I are giving them a Christmas Party, complete with games to play, prizes to give, some grocery giveaways and video singing all day on December 25. Plans are now forming with help from the parents. There will be exchange of gifts to be handled by the parents. I already have the menu for the snacks hour, too. This in fact, has become my family's tradition handed down to us by my parents.

Feels great to share the little that we earn to those who can't pay us back! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and your family.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fiddleman - My hope is that each one of us will offer our help to one another all year. Even a small action like putting the garbage container away for a neighbor can give us a "feel good" warm feeling. Glad you liked the Mike Percy Video. He is a beautiful person. Thank you.


Grandma's House 5 years ago

You have so many good ideas here! Thank you - I especially like what you said about how little it takes for a miracle :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Grandma's House - You are so kind to leave such beautiful comments. I am very happy to see you here and eager to visit your hubs. Enjoy life!


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Betty Reid 5 years ago from Texas

Great ideas, especially the babysitting!


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Kaie Arwen 5 years ago

That is a GREAT quote............. giving of oneself is the most important thing of all.......... every day! Kaie


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Kaie - I am pleased that you liked my hub. You are so right. Giving to someone, somehow each day is what it's all about. Thanks so very much.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Betty - I remember being a young mother and would have loved to have had someone I trust come and stay with the baby while I took a much needed break. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Lita - You are a beautiful example of the very subject I wrote about. A giving and marvelous thing to do. You are creating lasting, loving memories to be treasured and passed on through families. God bless you and may you prosper in 2011!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Micky Dee - Thanks Micky. I will let Mike Percy know that you liked his rendition of "Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas" - and Happiest of Holidays to you. :-)


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

When Pondering on the topics to write a hub about, your topic for Christmas Giving came to mind. I decided to write about my personal experiences instead. This is a Wonderful hub to read for people like me who hates holiday shopping!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Excellent ways to give from the heart. I've just been thinking about the whole concept of giving, so finding your article was well-timed. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CMCastro - Hi there! I like the idea of writing a hub about your own personal experiences for giving and will be looking for it. Happy Holidays to you!


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epigramman 5 years ago

....well you bring the truth gift of Christmas with just being yourself and touching people's lives all around you 365 days a year - and that my friend is a blessing!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - I find it such a joy, helping others, a little here, a little there - I am the one who is the most rewarded. And speaking of blessings - YOU, my precious e-man, are one of my most treasured. :-)


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That is a very thoughful hub and in the true Christmas spirit.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

FloBe - Not sure if my way of thinking about giving is because I am getting older, or because I'm wiser (maybe both). :-) But this year I have definitely decided to give in a personal way instead of material. I thank you for your comments and wish you the best of life!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Now that's the way to give! I love the way you think, feel and GIVE! Many Blessings, Love, Peace and Joy! May a full charge of angels be with you every moment of this season. You are in good company! :)Katie


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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

I try to help whenever possible. The gift of giving, I feel, is better than receiving. Voted Up! with Awesome and Beautiful! Thanks!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

World-Traveler - Great! You are so right when you say giving is better than receiving. And I'm on my way right now, to add some piano music to a dinner for the homeless. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Katie - Thank you for your lovely words. I know you are a giving person from personal experience as well as all the comments you are given by your readers. Giving is what you are about. My dear, sweet angels are with me now for which I am so very grateful - Enjoy the season with your precious family. Stay in perfect health. Love and hugs.


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kimh039 5 years ago

Some great ideas vocalcoach. Giving is energizing. Thanks for the suggestions. I did frost some cookies this week and took them to the office. It wasn't much, but it did seem to make a difference. Happy Holidays.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kimh039 - Taking your cookies to the office puts a smile on everyone's face and warms the heart. A very giving thing to do. Exactly what this article is about. Thank you kim and have a great Christmas!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello, hello - Thank you for leaving your lovely comment. You are always so kind and loving. My best to you, my dear friend!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Such a lovely hub!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

R Talloni - We all appreciate the gifts that are given at Christmastime - but I would rather have a back massage from a neighbor than a store bought gift any day

Thank you.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Excellent ideas, Audrey. And so easy to do! I loved the video of the guy giving out McDonald's meals. It seems the lady at checkout was just as amazed as the people who received their 4 sandwiches. Awesome!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

bravewarrior

When we give from the heart, I believe something amazing happens. A shift in the universe for good and others are affected as well as the immediate receivers. So glad to see you, Sha. You always find a deeper meaning to messages that flow across HP. I love that!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are terrific ideas Audrey. For an elderly person on a walker or in a wheelchair, even taking the trash to the street can be burdensome. Trash coupons! Maybe I'll get the hubby to give me some for Christmas. Or visit someone in a Skilled Nursing Home and have lunch with them. Many folks do not have family nearby and would love the company.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PegCole17

So nice to see you Peg. I love your idea for taking trash to the street for an elderly person on a walker or in a wheelchair. Trash coupons - fantastic!

My son, Todd, used to follow your second idea. He would visit someone in a Skilled Nursing Home, especially at Christmas. He always took one of his children so they could present a little gift. Todd loved to do this. It also set an example for his little ones.

Thank you dear Peg for being such a giving and amazing person. I think so much of you. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! ~Audrey


brandieguinn 23 months ago

Hello my name is brandie I have 4kids 3 girl's and 1 boy I am a single mother and I have no idea on how to get my kids Christmas this year if anyone can help me it would be appreciated god bless you all happy holidays to you all


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

brandieguinn

Where are you located, how many kids and ages.

Thanks. Audrey


brandieguinn 23 months ago

Audrey / vocalcoach im in Bowling green ohio I have 4 children girl 12 twin girl and boy 9 and my youngest daughter is 6 thanks for responding my children are good kids we are just on a rough road right now so thank you in advance for anything even a prayer or so can help


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Sunshine625 12 months ago from Orlando, FL

Great ideas! We could also offer to edit a hub or a book as a gift, I just thought of that idea while reading your funtabulous list! :)


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rebeccamealey 12 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Good suggestions and they would be so helpful. Sweet hub. Merry Christmas early, Audrey!


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vocalcoach 12 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Sunshine625 - Wow - what a great idea! I'd love a gift like this. I'll bet most of hubland would too. Thanks so much for adding to the free Christmas gift list. Hugs.

Hi Rebecca. Thank you for reading my hub. So nice of you to take he time to do this. And Merry Christmas to you too!

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