Tis the season, and all that, but Christmas can be an expensive time of year if you're a student, or only recently started working. If you’re low on funds but still want to give your loved ones something to show them you care, here are five fantastic free gifts that are sure to put a smile on their face. Christmas time capsule Time capsules are usually filled with present-day items, such as photos, newspapers, and letters, then buried, with instructions on when they should be opened years later. You can make a sort of inverse Christmas time capsule for a friend, tracking the history of your friendship, rather than commemorating the present. Decorate an empty cookie jar, shoebox, or a chocolate tin with paint, stickers or wrapping paper, then fill it with items that are special to you and your friend: ticket stubs to a gig you attended, photos from their birthday dinner, beer mats from their favourite bar, the recipe for their favourite meal (with the dry ingredients if you have a little cash to spare) ... You can even hide the capsule near your favourite hangout and plan a Christmas scavenger hunt for your friend to go on. Chore coupons Do your parents or siblings have a household chore that they hate doing? If so, a home-made chore coupon will make the perfect gift for them. You can offer to take over some of the unpleasant chores on their to-do list (think weekly grocery shopping, washing dishes, and scrubbing toilets, etc). Remember to specify how long you’ll be doing the chore for them though. If you don’t, you might be stuck with it well into the new year ... The gift of time When was the last time you dedicated a whole day to your favourite person? This year, try doing something different: cancel all your plans and spend some quality time with them. You can go on a hike together, spend a day at the zoo, or visit a museum. Sit down and really talk, and make new memories. Even better, if there’s an activity they’ve long wanted to do that you aren’t really interested in, you could surprise them by arranging to do that activity. It will make them feel that this day is really all about them. A list of reasons why they rock Come up with a list of things you love about your friend and frame it. It can be anything big or small: being there for you when you were feeling down, letting you borrow their limited-edition sneakers, or the way they make you smile after a horrible day of classes. Putting these things in black and white is a great way to show how grateful you are to have them in your life. The mental health benefits of writing a gratitude list You can also make a copy of the list and hang it on your own wall. This will remind you why you ’re friends with them if you ever have an argument. Upcycled gifts There is no shame in regifting a present you don’t need, as long as it’s something you think the receiver would appreciate. You could even add a personal touch to it, like their initials or a photo of you together, to make it more personal. Look through your drawers and the back of your wardrobe and see what items can be repurposed. You can turn a dress into a scarf, or an old, forgotten box of wax crayons into a rainbow candle. There are no strict rules; just don’t regift actual junk or damaged items. This article was curated in conjunction with Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.