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5 unusual low-budget ideas for time-instead-of-stuff gifts

Hände halten ein Geschenk | Untertitel: Happy Giving Season

As every year, we are again faced with the thought of what to give our families and friends for the holidays. And it’s not uncommon for us to give away items that aren’t really needed in the end, spending an average of around €520 per head, according to Statista. So why not rethink and try a few special time instead of stuff gifts? This is easy on the wallet and also creates unique memories.

In this post, we’ve put together 5 ideas that are sure to please friends and family.

Enjoy giving a special gift!


1 I THE UNPLEASANT CALL

ein altes Schnurtelefon in Gelb

Who doesn’t know that one person who hates talking on the phone and sometimes avoids unpleasant calls? You can make this person (but of course also other people) very happy by taking over an unpleasant call. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the call won’t be too bad!


2 I EXCURSION INTO CHILDHOOD & YOUTH

ein Dorf von oben

Give your friends a tour of your past. Take them to the most important places of your childhood and youth. Show them which school you went to, which bars or clubs you went to, or which places had a special impact on you. This gift is especially fun if you rediscover shared memories in this way. And next year, maybe someone else will take you into their past.


3 I PLANTS, DRINKS & FRIENDS

vier Hände topfen eine Pflanze ein

Invite friends to an evening about plants – a Tupperware party, but with plants instead of plastic. Over tea and drinks you can talk about your (favourite) houseplants and learn a few tricks while planting. Maybe you’ll even pick up one or two offshoots.

Plants are not your thing? Then use another theme of your choice for an evening together: Art Night, Shake Night, Vinyl Night… the possibilities are endless.


4 I CRIME DINNER IN A SMALL GROUP

Absperrband vor einem Tatort

A great group gift for family or friends: Invite everyone to a murder mystery dinner at your home. You can cook together and puzzle over the meal whether the murderer is really always the gardener. You can buy a mystery dinner online for as little as 20-30€.


5 I OWN BEER OR (MULLED) WINE TASTING

junger Typ trinkt aus einem Becher auf einem Weihnachtsmarkt
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Beer and wine tastings are a lot of fun, especially together. Unfortunately, they are also not always cheap. So why not organise them yourself? Plan your own drinks tasting at home as a gift or organise a small tour of late-night shops/kiosks or selected bars in the city – you’re sure to find a mulled wine or two to ward off the cold. If you take notes during the tour, at the end each person can choose their favourite drink and perhaps also their favourite place.


We hope you’ll find something suitable among the time-instead-of-stuff gift ideas. If not, take a little time to think about what would really bring joy to people in your family and circle of friends. And make your own time-instead-of-stuff gifts out of them.


Gruppenfoto des vostel-Teams

Your vostel.de team wishes you lots of fun with the time-instead-of-stuff gifts!

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