Gifts For Christmas That Won't Break the Bank
Christmas Coloring Book
Gift Ideas That Don't Cost the Earth!
Gifts of Time
I personally like this option a lot because it truly embraces the holiday spirit, not materialism. Offer a handmade “coupon” that promises the recipient can exchange it for something special, like an afternoon fishing or learning a family recipe. This is what you give to someone who already has everything because time cannot be purchased. Instead of offering to spend time together, give new parents a coupon that offers a free night of babysitting, or chore coupons to help out with dishes and laundry. Gifts like these cost relatively little, but are highly valued because time is so precious.
Many parents don’t consider buying used when it comes to gifts because it doesn’t feel right to give a used gift, and that is understandable because our culture values NEW. On the other hand, buying used may give the chance to gift an “expensive” gift that would otherwise be out of your price range. The smaller the child, the easier it is because they haven’t learned the societal beliefs about “new” and “used” toys. Check eBay and Craigslist for gently-used, big ticket toys like swing sets, play stations, and ride-on toys. In all likelihood, your small child probably won’t notice that the gift is used.
Homemade gifts are wonderful to give to the people who have everything, especially if you have a particular talent or hobby. Knitting, crocheting, and fabric crafts enable you to give away unique gifts without breaking the bank. From the home chef, cookies, canned goods, and even herb-infused oils are delicious ways to share your talent with friends and family. Even if you don’t have a specific hobby or talent, you can search the internet for ideas on creating easy homemade Christmas gifts. Homemade Christmas gifts are also a great way to get your kids involved by having them help out.
There are some things to consider before committing to homemade gifts this year. First, homemade gifts are not always cheaper than a store-bought gift so be sure to budget for the cost of materials, which can sky rocket if the project is quite large. Also, making multiple gifts may take a great deal of time. Be sure you have enough time to create homemade gifts to avoid getting overly stressed by the time Christmas rolls around.