What to Do When You Can’t Afford Gifts

    Ladies, are you strapped for cash this Christmas? Giving is the spirit of Christmas. When the Magi came to visit Jesus, they offered Him gifts. And so we, too, offer each other gifts to reflect this special moment during the birth of our Lord. Gift-giving also reflects our love for others, which in turn reflects Jesus’ love for us.

    With so much meaning in this act of gift-giving during Christmas, it makes it hard to bear when we find that we cannot afford to give anyone gifts. What then?

    Ladies, let’s not forget that our love is not naturally reflected in the things that we give to others. In fact, true acts of love are usually shown in what we do for others. Acts of love are demonstrated in our acts of kindness. With this truth in mind, consider the following three things you can do when you can’t afford Christmas gifts.

    1. Make a gift. Are you the creative type? Do you paint, sew or crochet? Do you scrapbook, write poems or bake? Making something for a gift is such a great way of giving a part of yourself to others, especially when your gift reflects something that you’re good at doing.
    2. Share your talent. Are you a dancer or martial artist, or do you play an instrument? Consider giving lessons to someone whom you know is interested in learning your talent. You decide how many lessons to give and make up a cute gift certificate with the details.
    3. Offer your time. Whether it’s for a family member or a friend, how about offering your time? You can clean a house, babysit or run errands. Lightening a burden would be a great gift for an older person who may need extra help. And again, this is a way of giving yourself to someone else. It’s a sacrifice that will mean so much to the one who receives the gift.

    Ladies, Mother Teresa once stated, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” I also believe that the most thoughtful gift is one that was made by the giver. It requires time and a personal touch often missed when we purchase a gift. These gift ideas are wonderful ways to give of yourself when giving to others. They do require giving your time, but they are selfless and more loving in their worth.

    So, just because you may not have the funds this Christmas doesn’t mean you don’t have the means to give gifts. Giving the gift of you is the best and most personal and Christlike gift any person can give.

    I pray you all have a blessed Christmas season.

    Ladies, do you have any great gift ideas for those who cannot afford Christmas gifts?

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    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. This is exactly what I needed. I do need some advice though. I have two friends I need to get gifts for and theyve told me they each bought me something. I know they probably both spent a good amount of money and Im afraid theyll be mad if I just make them something?

    2. If your friends truly love you and value your friendship they won’t be angry that their gift cost more than yours did. Put effort into making something that you know will be meaningful and unique to your friends and it will be an amazing gift even if you didn’t spend a lot of money on it.

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