Today’s post marks the conclusion of the fun series I’ll Be Homemade for Christmas. For the final installment I’d like to explore creative gift ideas that tap into services we can offer to others. Last week we talked about using our words effectively to tell someone how much we care about them. This week we’ll look at how we accomplish the same goal, but through serving instead of saying. Not only does serving others really get at the heart of Christmas, but offering our services is an excellent last-minute homemade gift option (remember, Christmas is only a week away!).
Brainstorming ideas about how you can offer your services
Everyone has a service they can offer someone. What’s yours? Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
- Offer to shovel your neighbor’s snow
- Offer to cook meals for someone who is sick
- Offer to cook meals for someone who just had a baby
- Offer to take an elderly person grocery shopping
- Offer to clean someone’s house
- Offer to do someone’s laundry
- Offer to do someone’s dishes
- Offer to take a friend out to a restaurant
- Offer to babysit someone’s children
- Offer to take care of someone’s home while they are traveling
- Offer to walk a neighbor’s dog
- Offer to give a loved one a massage or other special service
Brainstorming ideas about how to present your services in gift form
- Write a letter describing your proposed service(s)
- Explain your service in a creative Christmas card
- Create special redeemable coupons for each offered service
An example of a homemade gift using services
There are really endless ways you can serve another person. I encourage you to run through in your mind all the people in your life and see if you can think of a way you could meet one of their needs by offering them your services this Christmas. And as I said above, since Christmas is only a week away, consider making a homemade service gift instead of tearing your hair out trying to buy a last-minute gift at the crowded mall.
Two years ago my Grandmother was remarking to me that she could no longer clean very effectively in her house due to her ailments. She specifically mentioned that she would love to clean her nice dishes set, but she could not reach the shelves safely, nor did she have the energy to thoroughly clean all those dishes anyway. This gave me an idea. I decided I wanted to help and Christmas was coming, so I described my proposed service in a special Christmas card that year. She was happy to oblige and the next time my husband and I visited, we spent the afternoon cleaning all her dishes. She was very thankful and a burden had been lifted. That homemade gift was a success!
Have you ever made homemade gifts using your services? Feel free to share any ideas here.
A Look Back
Today’s installment of I’ll Be Homemade for Christmas marks the end of this series. I hope you were able to benefit from it and think of creative ideas for homemade gifts this Christmas. Feel free to take a look back at each week’s homemade gift idea topic: photos, arts & crafts, plants, food, words, and services (today).