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Families who are struggling financially are either struggling to pay their monthly bills, struggling to put food on the table for their kids, struggling to find and keep a job, struggling to buy nice things for themselves and their children, or struggling to pay off credit card bills. Maybe they are struggling to do the forever repairs in their home or on their car. In whatever way you struggle or know a family that does, here are some gift ideas for the holiday season so they will not be forgotten.
1. Clothes and shoes for the parents and children: Jackets, coats, sweaters, pants, pajamas, scarves, gloves, socks for the winter, cool outfits, jeans, etc.
2. Gift card to a clothing store: Macy's, JC Penny, Sears, Kohl's, etc. In this way, the parents can choose what to purchase for themselves and their children.
3. Give them a job if you can or help in finding a job if the parent(s) are unemployed: Maybe the woman can help in the home, or the man can help with minor repairs if he has experience in this area. If not, if you know someone or a place that is hiring and this individual has the experience and the skills, refer or recommend this individual.
4. Paid rent or mortgage for a month or other bills like the utility bill, heating bill or electric bill for a month or two. This would help the family in a great way and they would be much appreciated.
5. Offer help with getting small errands done: This can be going to the grocery store, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy, taking the children to school or any other activities, picking them up, returning library books or anything else, putting gas in the car, etc.
6. Toys for the kids: Video games, board games, dolls, action figures, DVD’s
7. School supplies for the children: notebooks, folders, backpacks, construction paper, scissors, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, glue, glue stick etc.
8. Small kitchen appliances: If their appliances are old and need to be updated or if they need one, you can purchase either a rice cooker, slow cooker, blenders, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, mixers, griddle, new pots and pans, etc.
9. Prepaid cell phone
10. Pay for a specific repair in the home: If there are plumbing problems, leaking roof, need new carpet, new windows, etc.
11. Comforter set, blanket and quilt for the cold weather
12. Flat-screen TV and DVD Player
13. Desktop computer or laptop and wireless router or an Amazon Kindle
14. Other electronics: MagicJack, digital camera, iPod touch, iPhone, tablet
15. Paid internet service for a few months: help with any bill is always helpful
16. Paid repair for their cars: oil change, tune-up
17. Paid car payment for a month or two
The next 6 gift ideas are food gifts. This is only if you notice the family barely have anything to eat or the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets are going empty. Some families struggling do have food and it is the other nice things that are missing
18. Bag of groceries or a gift card at a supermarket and point them to a food pantry in your town, they can go to monthly or weekly.
19. Food gift basket; some food ideas include: Rice, pasta, pasta sauce, mashed potato, dry milk, evaporated milk, cereals, olive oil, flour, [ancake mix, syrup, coffee, teas, juices, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, sugar.
Canned items include canned vegetables, canned corn, canned carrot, baked beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, canned soup, canned chicken or tuna, canned salmon, Spam, canned fruit (peaches, pineapple, mandarin orange, etc.)
20. Snack gift basket (items to include are): crackers, chocolate cookies, shortbread cookies, peanut butter, jelly/jam, microwave popcorn, peanuts, cashews, almonds, potato chips, vegetable chips, cheese, Pretzels, dip, sunflower seeds, cereal bars, health bars, etc.
21. Fruit gift basket: filled with apples, oranges, pears, pineapple, strawberry, bananas, blueberries, dried fruit like apricot, cranberries, raisins.
22. Gift card at a restaurant that covers the whole family or invitation to dinner: Ruby Tuesday, Applebees, Steakhouse, Red Robin, IHop, Red Lobster, Pizza Hut, Cracker Barrel, Italian restaurants, Mexican restaurant, other international restaurants, and any local restaurant that is favorite for them or one the family will love to sit down and eat.
23. Bring dinner at least once a week or prepare dinners for the entire month- there are places like Hellofresh.com where you can have meals delivered to their home. You can also surprise them and have a restaurant deliver dinner to them once in a while.
24. Coupons: restaurant coupons, fast food coupons, grocery coupons, clothing coupons, etc.
25. Gas gift card: gasoline is something that is always needed.
26. Childcare help for a month or paid daycare: If a mom or dad has to work or do errands, providing help with the children would be such a great help, so they do not have to worry about one more thing.
27. Cinema gift card or movie tickets for the entire family: in the midst of struggling, having a family night at the movies is a great idea.
28. Gift cards at a department store: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Kohls, etc.
29. Women’s gift basket: filled with makeup, shampoos, conditioners, face cleanser, face moisturizer, body lotion, body wash, soap, hairbrush, styling gel, hairspray, women’s multivitamin, Candle, journal, Deodorant, body spray, etc.
30. Men’s gift basket: body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, aftershave, razor, men’s deodorant, cologne, combs, wooden massager, men’s multivitamin
31. Financial book and tools to help budget their finances: like Dave Ramsey book, The Total Money Makeover, Financial Peace Revisited, and Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money. You can also pay for them to go through the Financial Peace Classes in your area.
32. Grants and programs for struggling and needy families in your area: like SNAP, Programs that offer assistance through the winter with electric and heating bills, or help with mortgage or rent.
33. Baby products; baby diapers if necessary: for mothers with babies, toddlers is always a wonderful help.
34. Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergent, dish detergent, multi-surface cleaner, sponge, mop, broom, Windex, toilet cleaner, Paper towels, Toilet Paper
35. An envelope full of cash or a check to cover monthly expenses: this can be from you or you can put together money from a group of friends.
The holidays can be an extra strain for struggling families to buy that special gift for their loved one. You can bring joy to your struggling friends and family.
TINA SMITH on December 17, 2019:
ok we are not going to have a nice christmas i dont have a tree i have been ill i have diabetes and i have to get surgrey for my kidney stones to be taken out for the second time and we dont really have the money for the high cost for my surgrey our medcial bills are high and our rent is high too we are stuggleing very getting by please help us thankyou and God BLESS
Liz on December 03, 2019:
My brother and his wife need help they've never used any in the past but this takes the cake my brother went to jail for 6 months in November for 6 months then on Nov 3 a big surprise to us all a very tiny early 33week old baby was born she didn't even know she was pregnant and they have a 14 yr old and nothing for baby, a crib, said g, stroller we got a carseat the hospital have us no bottles or diapers he may have to go to my 66 year old mother who has nothing please help and don't forget the 14 yr old that every or is forgetting about. Thank you
Christian on November 15, 2019:
Hi. I am a little kid and I want to make the world a better place for everyone I copped and pasted your ideas and buying some for the poor
Pennington (author) on October 29, 2017:
Thanks for sharing. You can possibly try churches in your area that has food pantries for the community. You can sign up for one or more of them. Here is a site for you to check up on- https://www.balancepro.net/education/publications/...
Nicole Alcantara on October 27, 2017:
I have a 16yr old boy and 3yr old girl. I am on disability and rent n bills n food are my whole check plus gas to get son to school and daughter to preschool. I would just like to get any help I can. I have some assistance in past 2yrs at least thru kent food bank and once salvation army. Having car problems also right now. Thank you
Pennington (author) on November 04, 2016:
Thanks Margie Lynn for your comment.
Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on November 04, 2016:
Great suggestions, thanks for all the wonderful info!
Pennington (author) on October 07, 2016:
Thanks so much Joy for stopping by and for your comment. We should always consider those in need.
Joy Summers on October 07, 2016:
This is an amazing Hub with all great ideas to help struggling families. It teaches us not to be selfish, but consider those around us who need help. Thanks so much for compiling this to help those in need.