5 Inexpensive Gifts to Satisfy Everyone on Your List
An act of love can be just as meaningful as a physical gift. Use this guide to find something for everyone on your list—without exceeding your holiday budget.
This article originally appeared on LearnVest.com.
As you make your list this year, we want you to think about holiday giving a little differently.
Before you start assigning dollar amounts to everyone and hunting around for products to buy and wrap, first consider whether the best gift for them is a thing with a price tag. According to the Five Love Languages, defined by marriage counselor Dr. Gary Chapman, people receive messages of love very differently, and only one of these categories involves actual physical gifts. Some people would rather receive acts of service or quality time instead.
In holiday-speak, the Five Love Languages can help you figure out who in your life responds best to which type of gift.
The Five Love Languages are:
- Words of affirmation
- Acts of service
- Physical touch
- Quality time
- Receiving gifts
Don’t know your own love language—let alone which one your friends and family speak? “You can pick up cues about your friend or family member’s inclinations during everyday conversations,” explains Dr. Natalie Robinson Garfield, psychotherapist and author of “The Sense Connection“. Or you can always take the Love Languages quiz together. But in case you’re pressed for time, we’ve compiled this handy guide to help you decode who speaks what—and plot the best gift-giving strategy.
This holiday, limit buying “stuff” to just the people who want it, and you’ll have the best gift-giving season ever, in terms of green friendliness, time savings, thoughtfulness and money.