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In this frenzied time of gift purchasing and giving, it’s important to remember that some of our favorite things to give and receive aren’t actually “things”. They may be memories of special times spent together.  If you have run out of gift ideas for your loved ones, we’ve gathered great suggestions below – some of which don’t even cost a dime!

10. Teach a skill. Do you speak another language? Play an instrument? Offer to take the time to teach the basics to someone special in your life. Have you perfected the 3-point shot on the basketball court or the perfect tee stance in golf? Share that knowledge (and have some fun) with them! Knitting, crafts and cooking skills are also great ones to share with others!

9. Explore your hometown together. Do some research on your  hometown and the surrounding area and discover fascinating facts and interesting landmarks that you might not have known about. Many cities offer tours (history, architectural, etc.). If yours does, schedule a tour or two and enjoy a day out on the town!

8. Prepare a favorite meal. Is there a meal that instantly brings up fond memories for the both of you? Or do they have a favorite meal at a restaurant that you can learn to recreate? Surprise someone special with a ready to eat feast or have them join you in the preparation of a meal to share!

7. Donate on their behalf. Think carefully of your gift recipient. What are their special interests? Do they love animals? Are the environmentally conscious? Find an organization that supports those causes and donate in their name. Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, and Toys for Tots are great just a few suggestions. Make sure to do some research on any charitable organization you consider. The more you know, the better decision you can make as to where to donate!

6. Get outside. Go for a hike (and bring a picnic lunch in your backpack) or pitch a tent and stay out all night. Stepping away from screens this time of year is truly a gift for everyone.

5. Help them check one item off their bucket list. Perhaps skydiving is on their list, or they dream of putting their feet in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. Do what you can to get them one step closer to completing that goal.

4. Show your support of their favorite team, musician or interest. Buy them tickets to a sporting event or upcoming concert. If it involves a road trip, even better! Do they love to laugh? Find a comedy act in your area and make a date to share some light-hearted fun.

3. Lend a hand. Take one item off their to-do list. From putting up the Christmas lights to taking them down, making that dreaded Costco run, or shoveling snow. Find out where you might be able to lighten their load and lend a hand. It might be something as simple as babysitting their children, so they can have time to check things off their own list!

2. TV or Movie marathon. Services such as Netflix and Hulu have made it easy to binge watch and catch up on missed episodes of a favorite program. Or, if the recipient has an all-time favorite movie (Titanic, Gone with the Wind, Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings are popular in my house), set aside a day to watch together.  Pop some popcorn, light a fire and enjoy time with one another.

1. Give the gift of education. Lifelong learning is a necessity in today’s world. Sign your loved one up for a course. There are many options for personal enrichment, professional development, career training in a field they love, continuing education credits, or online courses for college credit. Show that you support their learning endeavors by putting them on the right path!

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At Ed4Training, we believe we are forever changed by everything we learn. We are proud to offer hundreds of courses across many interests and fields in order to help facilitate this change in learners everywhere. Please contact us today to learn how we can help you give the gift of education – either to yourself or someone you care about.