Birthdays only come once a year, so when someone is about to celebrate theirs, you naturally want to give the person a memorable gift. Of course, choosing the right token of affection isn’t always an easy task to undertake; even after the gift has been purchased, you may doubt your decision. Will they like what you got them? Will they find the gift too expensive, or worse, too cheap? What if they already own this item? Even worse, what if someone gave the exact same gift you gave?
At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, are your “no-presents-please” friends. Yes, some individuals refuse to receive gifts for their birthday (or any occasion), thus making them a gift-giving enigma. How do you commemorate their special day while still complying with their request not to be given a material gift? The solution is easier than you think—give the gift of experiences.
Sponsor a Dinner
There are many great restaurants in Roseville, CA and you can give a sponsored dinner to your dear friend. After all, this present—technically speaking—doesn’t go in a box or envelope, so it should be good to go.
Certain Roseville restaurants, like Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, also have loyalty programs where perks and rewards can be given to others as a present. As such, your family or friends can have a night out on you and you can proudly say that you didn’t spend a dime for it.
Give a Class
You’re never too old to learn a new craft, skill or hobby, according to the website Apartment Therapy. Classes are a perfect gift for your no-presents loved one:
Give the gift of a class. We recently wrote about giving the gift of life skills, and we still think it’s one of the best gift ideas. Sign your loved one up for a class in a topic they’re interested in. A few ideas: upholstery, photography, sewing/quilting, screen printing, welding, woodworking, glass blowing, cake decorating, cooking or baking, cheese making, flower arranging, beer or kombucha brewing, vermicomposting, dance, or yoga. Check your local botanical garden for classes, as botanical gardens are becoming a great source for visitors’ interests in nature, sustainability, cooking, health, family and the arts.
Help a Charity
Many times, people refuse presents because they feel they are already abundantly blessed while so many others in the country struggle. If so, why not donate a decent sum to a charity, non-profit or cause on your friend’s behalf, as a gift? Choose a non-profit he or she feels strongly about. Alternatively, you can help your friend organize charitable activities like garage sales or soup kitchens to celebrate his or her birthday in a more meaningful way.
(Source: Alternative Non-Stuff Gift Ideas For ‘No Gifts Please’ People, ApartmentTherapy.com)