Christmas Challenge Ideas: Meaningful Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

3 Gifts Christmas Challenge: Alternative to Gift Ideas

Let’s be honest – the whole Christmas present shopping routine can be a bit of a let-down. Not only does it take a toll on your wallet, but battling the crowds on the high street can suck the Christmas cheer right out of you.

Even online shopping, with all its convenience, can feel a bit impersonal.

So, here are some Christmas challenge ideas for you!

How about shaking things up this year? Not only will you save some hard-earned cash, but you’ll also infuse Christmas with a bit more of that special meaning that seems to have dwindled in the sea of commercialisation.

Ready for the challenge?

Keep reading for some alternative Christmas gift ideas and different ways to spread holiday cheer among your family and friends. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill presents – they’re personal, meaningful, and sure to bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces.

And hey, why not make it a tradition? Get your family and friends on board for a different kind of gift-giving experience next year! It’s time to reclaim the true spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Challenge Ideas: Alternative Gift Ideas


alternative gift ideasIf you feel like getting creative, consider making your own Christmas pressies this year.

Don’t worry if you’re not a whizz at knitting or baking (though if you are… great! You’re off to a good start) – you can still come up with an amazing homemade gift that isn’t too taxing to make.

Have a think about who you are making the gift for and what they like. Is your mum dotty about your kids? Make her a calendar with a different photo of the children taken over the last year for each month.

Do you have a sister who travels a lot with work? Make her playlists to listen to in the car, or record yourself reading some short stories.

Or perhaps you have a son who loves to bake? Why not make him his own book of your favourite dessert recipes from the past few years.

If you want to do something more fancy, Etsy and Pinterest are great sites to visit for ideas, and many have step-by-step instructions so even those that lack coordination can follow along!


alternative gift ideasAnother Christmas challenge is to give to the needy.

If your recipient has a favourite charity, considering donating to a favourite charity in his or her name instead of giving a physical gift. After all, Uncle Bill may have been hinting for that snazzy new shirt, but you know it won’t suit him anyway!

Now, if you’re feeling the holiday generosity itch, here’s a tip that turns your thriftiness into a gift for the greater good.

Picture it as adding a sprinkle of kindness to your money-saving recipe: consider donating 10% of your savings to a charity.

It’s like turning the joy of budget-friendly festivities into a beacon of goodwill. While you’re trimming expenses and making smart choices, set aside a slice to spread the love even further.

This way, your savings become not just a personal win but a contribution to making someone else’s season a bit brighter.

It’s not about the amount; it’s about the heart behind it.

Whether it’s a local shelter, a children’s charity, or a cause close to your heart, sharing a small portion of your savings is like adding an extra star to the top of your Christmas tree.

It’s the kind of giving that goes beyond the wrapping paper and resonates in the true spirit of the season. So, let your Christmas challenge ideas savings not only stretch your budget but also extend a hand to those who could use a little extra warmth this holiday.

After all, ’tis the season of giving, and your generosity could be the star on someone else’s Christmas tree.


alternative gift ideasStudy after study has shown that us that we can’t buy happiness through acquiring material possessions, and yet we’re still all out there spending money we don’t necessarily have on more and more stuff, and this is especially true over the Christmas period.

These same studies have found that experiences are a lot fulfilling than material possessions, so consider spending your earned pounds on doing things rather than buying them.

Consider spending your hard-earned money on doing things rather than buying them. Click To Tweet

The experience doesn’t need to be dramatic. Most people would be happy with a membership to a museum or botanical garden, or a ticket to the theatre or a football game. Obviously, you can base the experience on the recipient.

Another great idea (as long as your family Christmas get-togethers are usually somewhat harmonious!) is for each adult in your family to put the money that would be spent on pressies into a pot, and then use that money to go away somewhere as a family for Christmas.

Now, THAT’S the stuff that memories are made of. Even Santa Claus will get jealous at these perfect alternative gift ideas!


Here is bonus Christmas challenge idea. Are you ready for a heartwarming adventure? This is one of my favourite Christmas Challenge ideas.

This challenge invites you to embrace the true spirit of the season by dedicating 12 days to acts of kindness.

Let’s turn this holiday season into a cascade of smiles and warm fuzzies!

Embrace the spirit of giving by committing to 12 days of kindness. Small acts like leaving a positive note or helping a neighbour can make a big impact.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Send a heartfelt thank-you note to someone who has made a positive impact in your life.
  • Brighten someone’s day with a sincere compliment. Share the positivity, and watch it ripple.
  • Pay for a stranger’s coffee or treat them to a warm beverage. It’s a small gesture with a big impact.
  • Do something kind for a neighbour. Leave a kind note, or offer a helping hand.
  • Create a jar filled with uplifting quotes. Share one with a friend or colleague to spread inspiration.
  • Send an uplifting message or a virtual hug to someone who might need a little extra love today.
  • Send a handwritten letter to a friend or family member you haven’t connected with recently.

Your Christmas Challenge

We challenge you to “Make it”, “Donate it”, “Experience it” or “Spread the joy” this Christmas. These memorable and meaningful alternative gift ideas will change the way you see Christmas.

Are you up for taking on the Christmas challenge this year? Share your thoughts with us! And if you’ve got any extra Christmas challenge ideas to spice up the challenge, we’re all ears and ready for some festive inspiration!

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  1. I so agree with this and love this post. With teen kids it can be difficult to convince them that material things don’t make you happy – they absorb a lot of information from celebrity culture etc. I, on the other hand, buy most of my clothes from charity shops!!

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments. With so many celebrities and paparazzi, it’s easy for kids to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas; but as parents we really need to teach them the true meaning of Christmas by instilling gratitude, the joy of sharing and giving to others.

  2. I think that an experience is the best Christmas present you could give while a home made present would be good as well.

  3. Oh I love love love these ideas! I’d be so delighted if someone did any of the above for me – it’s brilliant! Also I have some friends who are impossible to buy for, they already have everything. They’d love me to make a donation on their behalf x

  4. I love these ideas. My daughter, who is nearly 3, and I made gifts for everyone from her last year and everyone was so pleased with them. I am going to do the same this year as well. I love experience pressies, my fave present last year was tickets for my husband and I to go to the Harry Potter studios and it was an amazing day!

  5. Great post, I love the making it ideal… and it’s one of perfect into practice myself well especially for Christmas time. Xx

  6. Because I know I am not good at baking or crafts I would opt for experience it type of gifts. Great ideas

  7. I love, love, love these ideas. We often bake for others, but I’m definitely up for try out the rest. x

  8. This is a great post. And a timely reminder for me before I trawl the net for the outstanding gifts … My husband and I always tend to do charitable gifts for each other, although we then spoil the sentiment by being each other something anyway!

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