Q: I’m not exactly flush right now, but I have some birthdays coming up. How do I let my friends know how much I care about them without spending a lot of money?
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Any friend worth her salt won’t care if you ever spend any money on her, as long as you’re generous in other ways. I know you know this. But I also get that the process of giving gifts makes you feel good. And yeah, it sucks when you can’t go out and buy your friend exactly what you think she deserves.
So make up for your lack of cash with an added dose of personalization. Make or buy her favorite treat. Offer to do a task for her that she really, really hates. Surprise her with a gathering of your besties, even if it’s at Mickey D’s for $1 apple pies. If you have a little bit of scratch, scour Etsy for a DIY crafting kit or an artist you can commission to draw an original sketch of her dog.
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Just put some thought and love into your gift. And no matter how cheap it is, you’ll feel rich giving it.
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