If “acts of service” is your love language, you’re probably always looking for ways to make your loved ones feel special. But if you’re also aware of your finances, you know that you can’t overdo it. Looking for ways to make your loved ones feel adored without breaking the bank?
With these 11 ideas, you can feel free to make their day whether or not they’re feeling blue.
1. Order flowers
When your loved one is going through a tough time and you’re not there to comfort them, it’s natural to feel a little helpless and concerned. You might want to envelop them in a warm embrace, but if you’re hundreds of miles away, you’re going to need to get creative. Sending flowers is a simple way to brighten someone’s day, whether they’re celebrating a birthday, in a phase of transition, or just need a little extra support.
People often think that sending flowers has to be expensive, but there are plenty of cheap flower delivery options that allow you to send a vibrant bouquet to their door without damaging your monthly budget.
2. Send a note
There’s something about checking your mail and finding a handwritten letter that’s so incredibly surprising and undeniably special. If you want to thank a friend, wish them well, or just remind them of your love, sending a handwritten note is the way to go! Just order some crafty stationery to deliver your kind words and your loved one will surely remember the gesture for days to come!
3. Give them a call
Here’s a way to brighten a loved one’s day without spending any money at all: give them a ring! Sending a text will do too, but if you’re looking to really connect over conversation, a phone call is best.
4. Send a funny video
Thanks to the age of the internet, finding funny videos, silly memes, and adorable animal footage is easier than ever. Sometimes when you want to make your friends and family feel recognized, sending a cute or silly video is a great way to go. What’s more, all it will cost you is just a few minutes on Youtube or Instagram.
5. Make them a meal
A good, home cooked meal is one of the best ways to share your love with those that are most special to you. And if you don’t know how to cook, no problem. These rent week recipes are easy to make and don’t require a lot of fancy ingredients (or money).
6. Take a fitness class
One of the best ways to boost your confidence and energy is by being active! Surprise your loved one by signing the two of you up for a fun fitness class like Jazzercise, Yoga, or Spin class.
7. Volunteer at a local animal shelter
For a unique and guaranteed way to make your loved one smile, take them to volunteer at a local animal shelter. There’s nothing quite as cute and cuddly as animals! Some shelters just need volunteers to help walk, pet, and socialize animals, so see if there are any local opportunities for you to help out.
8. Send them a drink
If your loved one likes to unwind by imbibing in a glass of wine or fancy spirit, surprise them by ordering their favorite drink! For wine lovers, you can buy a monthly wine subscription with one of their local wine bars. For craft beer drinkers, send them a gift box of craft beer for a fun way to “cheer’s” them up!
9. Recommend a book
Have a funny or inspiring book on your mind? Send it over for your loved one to borrow! Be sure to include a heartfelt note, too.
10. Netflix and chill
If you already have a Netflix subscription, this one is practically free and it’s a fun way to spend time with your loved one. If they’re going through a tough time, you might want to choose a lighthearted comedy that will brighten their day.
11. Get some fresh air
A little Vitamin D goes a long way! Suggest that the two of you go on a walk, hike, or run together to get those endorphins going while you catch some rays.
With these simple and budget-friendly ideas, you can always find a way to make your loved ones feel special!