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8 Gifts

Christmas is a time when we think of gifts for friends and loved ones to express our affection for them. I find buying meaningful gifts for other people quite a feat. With the affluence amongst Singaporean, people can usually afford stuff. We wanted to donate an old CRT TV to a halfway house but was told they only accept LCD/Plasma TV. People from rich to the not-rich, all have choices. The common denominator for all these gifts is that they are material, cost money and given on special occasions.

When my kids want to buy me a present, they’ll usually get from Daiso. Costing only $2 an item, it’s well within their budget. I was quite happy when I found them a guide on alternative gifts that they can give to others. It was a poster I found 2 years back.

Here, I’d like to share the poster which I hang on the wall for my family:

8 Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

  • The Gift Of Listening… But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
  • The Gift Of Affection… Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
  • The Gift Of Laughter… Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
  • The Gift Of A Written Note… It can be a simple "Thanks for your help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
  • The Gift Of A Compliment… A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone’s day.
  • The Gift Of A Favour… Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
  • The Gift Of Solitude… There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
  • The Gift Of A Cheerful Disposition… The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

thanks for sharing

thanks for sharing


——————————– Amy

Thanks for the thoughtful

Thanks for the thoughtful sharing. Also served as a reminder for me as I look forward to 2011!

It's beautiful. Thanks for

It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

I’ll print it out to remind myself.

I Iove to read your 8 Gifts that do not cost a cent.

I Iove to read your 8 Gifts that do not cost a cent. I’ll get them print out and hang it in my room. Thanks for your sharing.

Great Sharings, thank you

Great sharings of your 8 gifts, thank you.

i, personally like gift no. 4 very much, ‘ A Gift of a Written Note". A simple note, written on a small cutie colourful paper makes our days. My gal loves to write short notes to me. Sometimes, she would write  " Thank you for being my Mother" and i would reply her by saying,  "i am very blessed to have you as my daughter". 

Just some simple short notes at approciate times do wonders to our bonding.

Corny But Necessary

Glad it made your day. All these sounds like cliches but I find them to be great reminders in the vicissitudes of lives. Helps us to love and care for others in an effective way.

One gift I’m still struggling to practice is Gift of Listening. My dd talks incessantly. In the car, she can talk from Jurong to Changi. Many times, my mind drift off or switch off. Now I just tell her, “Can you please give Mummy the Gift Of Solitude until ….?” and she keeps quiet.
It’s nicer than saying, “Keep quiet, I don’t feel like listening to the detail of how you made the vegetable salad in your Science experiment today.” 🙂


Reflecting on your article, i must say i feel extremely blessed that i didn’t hafta wait for just Christmas to have enjoyed the 8 Gifts. My girls are & hubs are extremely thoughtful and just lying down here now thinking about it, i’ve realised i have gotten them all throughout my 10yrs of marriage; every other day… in their own special way…  Thanks for sharing. The reflection made my day!

As of right now… the girls are giving me the gift of solitude to come here KSP-ing! 


8 Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

Great idea for making Christmas card…

Thks for sharing

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing!

Great Gifts

Very nice suggestion and all the gifts were great I wish I can get all of them 

Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing these gifts, which cost nothing, but are priceless.

Thank you for sharing

Thank you for sharing Faun.

All great gifts, especially the first 3.

What kind of parents would we be, without listening, affection and laughter?

Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing.

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