Better than shopping Our Senior Partner, Chris Large, and Youth Network Lead, Abi Aldridge, share their list of 101 things that will make you feel better than shopping. When we asked people in the street in Covent Garden, London, how much they enjoyed shopping, 54% rated shopping as less important than other leisure activities, and many said they didn’t enjoy it at all. So why were they shopping. They “needed something”, they said, or “were buying a gift” or were just “killing time”. So here’s some inspiration for different ways to use that spare time, or give a gift, without having to brave the shops. 101 things that will often cost less, give longer lasting satisfaction, be a gift your loved one will really remember and might even give you an adrenaline buzz too. 1. Have a nap2. Climb a tree3. Walk up a hill to see the view4. Call an old friend5. Teach your parents to Skype6. Start the hobby you've always fancied trying7. Listen to your favourite album with someone who hasn't heard it before8. Listen to your favourite album just for you9. Soak in the bath10. Watch cute cat videos11. Go to a comedy night12. Meditate13. Volunteer for a charity14. Watch a film15. Cuddle up with a loved one under the duvet for the afternoon16. Read a book17. Email your local councillor and ask them to act on a cause you care about18. Walk down 5 streets you've never visited19. Run or walk as far as you can20. Prepare a special meal21. Do a favour for a neighbour22. Write a list of 5 things you are grateful for23. Look at your favourite holiday photos24. Write a thank you note to somebody25. Mend a slightly damaged item that you treasure 26. Take a class27. Go to a talk28. Plan an adventure29. Invite someone to go on an adventure with you30. Count how many different things you can hear and see31. Teach a child something new32. Write a joke33. Do something you enjoyed doing as a child34. Organise a party35. Smile at 10 people36. Get off the bus or train at a stop with the most exotic name and explore37. Go to a gallery or museum38. Do something that scares you just a little bit39. Donate to a charity that works on a problem you care about40. Have a clear out41. Work out what gift you can give for Christmas that money can't buy42. Give yourself some praise for all the good things you've done this week43. Bake a cake for your colleagues44. Invent a new game45. Write a story46. Do an escape room, 47. Go on a treasure hunt48. Do a jigsaw puzzle49. Ask someone to share their troubles or their joys50. Get out in to nature51. Do something that literally gets your hands dirty52. Make your own plates at a pottery class53. Attend a lecture54. Cook a menu of food from a country you've never visited55. Swim in cold water56. Cancel unwanted subscriptions57. Have a phone free day58. Spend the day naked59. Make a batch of soup60. Take an old friend out for lunch61. Read about something you don't understand62. Write a poem or song63. Google the best 10 jokes of all time64. Turn an old t shirt in to a bag65. Make a coffee table out of pallets66. Knit a woolly hat or scarf67. Wear fancy dress for the hell of it68. Speak in a French accent for the day and pretend to be French69. Learn to speak French properly70. Have a newspaper sword fight71. Treat yourself to being pampered72. Watch a sport you've never seen before73. Go and explore your local park74. Ask someone to share their dreams75. Go street art spotting76. Sing your troubles away – karaoke!77. Lie down outside and watch the clouds going by78. Offer to help someone dig their garden or allotment79. Release the inner geek and go train or bird spotting80. Stretch out properly81. Plan out that new diet or fitness regime you've been contemplating82. Have a freezer feast, eating those things that have loitered in deep freeze for too long83. Plant something84. Go to a silent disco85. Leave an anonymous treat on your colleague’s desk86. Slide across something slidey, just for the joy of it87. Make up an alter ego88. Imagine a world without glass89. Shout out loud90. Write down your worries on a paper tree - bin the ones you can't change, change the ones you can91. Paint a face on a boiled egg, then eat it's brains92. Tickle someone93. Wear a hat at a jaunty angle and promenade 94. Repair something that has been damaged for a while95. Find and try out a new recipe96. Grab your hairbrush and sing along to your favourite song97. Dance around the house like you’re in a music video98. Invite friends over and cook a meal together99. Have a social media detox – no social media for a day, or week!100. Offer to help a loved one - by doing that one thing they hate doing for them101. Look through old photographs and make a scrapbook What makes you feel good? Share your go to happy places, actions and activities with us on social media!