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Are you good at fixing things? Do you cook? Can you build a kitchen cabinet?

A good way to give a great holiday present without spending much is by donating your skills as gifts. "Wrap your skills in a thoughtful way as an alternative to buying your friends another gift card," says Farnoosh Torabi, personal finance expert and author of "Psych Yourself Rich."

She says if you're a great designer, offer to redecorate a room in your friend's house for free. A software whiz? Build a website for a friend or sketch out a plan for a new blog. A photographer? Offer a photography lesson or take and frame some portraits of friends or family, Torabi says.

These are useful and meaningful gifts that can not only save money, but also help your family and friends stretch their dollars.


 

 

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