Many of us regard gift-giving as a symbol of love and care. Spending money and buying nice presents for our loved ones is definitely a good way of showing them that we care about them. But there are a lot of other thoughtful and practical ways that you can do to show your loved ones how special they are to you without giving gifts.
How about doing acts of service for them? This is possibly the simplest and most inexpensive, yet most meaningful present that you can give your loved ones. Take a look at these 5 acts of service ideas:
1. Cook Meals or Bake Sweet Treats
What better way to show your loved ones how much you care for them than to say it with food? You may not be an excellent chef or the world’s greatest baker, but your loved ones will surely appreciate it if you cook meals or bake pastries for them. Even the simplest dishes and recipes will turn out the most delicious if you prepare them with all your heart.
2. Call or Send a Message
Thanks to technology, you can show your loved ones that you care by texting, calling, or sending them a message online. It’s a simple way of telling them that you’re thinking of them, asking them how they are doing, and wishing them that they are having a good day.
3. Be the Errand Boy/Girl
Is your spouse swamped with work, but still needs to do grocery shopping? Do your parents need a ride to the event they have to go to? You can volunteer to run errands on their behalf. Do the shopping, pay the bills, pick up the laundry, or deliver the orders for them. You can also be their designated driver while they attend to their commitments in different places.
4. Massage and Pamper
Help your partner de-stress after a long, tiring day by giving him a massage or running her a relaxing bubble bath. You can even turn your room into an aromatic home spa complete with burning soy candles and soothing music in the background.
5. Sing or Play a Song
Give your loved ones the gift of music, but the non-material kind. Cheer up a sad loved one or simply add more color and fun to their day by singing a song to them. Although it’s much better if you know how to play the guitar or any other musical instrument, the sentiment behind “it’s the thought that counts” matters more amidst off-keys and wrong lyrics. This will certainly make them feel important and cared for no matter how good (or bad) you are as a singer or musician.
No amount of material gifts can top the simple service you are willing to give your loved ones whole-heartedly. Try doing these five acts of service and show your loved ones that you truly care!