39 Totally Free Gift Ideas

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With all the gifting (opens in new tab) that comes with the holiday season, your bank account is probably in need of some out-of-the-box ideas that don't involve more shopping. Besides, creating gifts for the ones that matter most always gets a better reaction than say, that seriously expensive gift you splurged on at the last minute that you hoped they would like. (I'm still in mourning over making this mistake last holiday season.) Ahead, 39 thoughtful ways to show someone you care that won't require spending any cash at all. Promise.

Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.