Give the BEST Gift Ever — That Doesn’t Cost a Dime!

By Sherry Richert Belul

This time of year Santa isn’t the only one who is making a list and checking it twice. So many of us also have long lists of folks we love and whom we want to acknowledge with gifts. Sometimes it can be so overwhelming that we just run out to the mall and buy, buy, buy — just to get things checked off that darn list. I’d like to invite you to challenge that dynamic with just one person on your list this holiday season.

I want you to think about how wonderful it would be to give someone a gift that they would cherish forever. A gift that would be energizing and fun for you to make. A gift that doesn’t cost a dime, but would truly make a difference in your relationship. I promise you, if you’re willing to invest just one hour, you’ll experience something extraordinary.

This gift is so simple … yet full of thoughtfulness and creativity. It is called The Love List. And here is what you do:

Say you want to make this really unique gift for your husband. All you have to do is set aside an hour of quiet time in which you can focus on him. Just sit down with some paper or at the laptop and start brainstorming what you love about your wonderful husband. Jot it all down. Think about qualities that are unique to him, things he does for you, special times you’ve shared together. Think about his quirky jokes or stories. How he always spends time helping the elderly lady next door. The way he makes up songs in the shower. How he saved the day that time in New Mexico. Tell him you love that he always answers the phone with a hearty “Hey there!” That he taught the kids how to ride their bicycles. That he can always make you giggle. Tell him you love his eyes, his intelligence, his love of puns. Tell him you love how well he treats Champie, the family’s four-legged, furry gal.

Your Love List can include big thing sand small things, funny things and sweet things. Your list can have twenty things or two hundred things. It can be written in pen on a plain white piece of paper. Or you can do a fancy design on the computer and print it out. You can add a photo or two. You can draw a picture on it. You can frame it. Make a scroll or poster. You could even cut each idea out on its own slip of paper, put them all in a jar and call it the Joy Jar or hang them on a mobile. Use your imagination and present your list in whatever way feels right.

These lists are treasures for someone to hear. I swear to you, they are the best gift someone can receive. It is amazing to receive a gift that mirrors who you are. It is a gift to be seen. And unfortunately, people often don’t get to hear these kinds of things in their lifetime. For some reason in our culture, folks wait until funerals to express their love. Love Lists are a way to express your love and appreciation NOW!

Promise me you’ll try this out with just one person on your list. I can assure you, it will not only be one of the best gifts you’ve ever given, it will also feel like a gift received.

Download Simply Celebrate’s free Love List PDF here — and commit to making this amazing gift for someone you love.

Sherry Richert Belul is mom to a witty and wonderful 10-year-old boy. She is also founder of Simply Celebrate and author of Present Perfect: It Really is the Thought That Counts —an ebook that includes dozens of no-to-low cost gifts that are fun to make and full of love. ( Find her books or sign up for Simply Celebrate’s free newsletter at Email Sherry to tell her your Love List experiences or learn about the one-of-a-kind tribute books she makes at