Simple gifts

Like many people, we’re trying to keep Christmas under control this year, financially speaking. I’d love to say money isn’t important, but we have a limited supply of it so we have to limit our gift giving accordingly. Our choice is to be as creative as we can so we still give gifts to please our loved ones.

Anyway, here’s a couple of our gift ideas in case they help others who are struggling with what to give this year:

  • buy cheap items and let the kids decorate them for grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. For example, cheap photo frames, plant pots, candles and storage jars make unique and special gifts with some time and little money
  • buy a few bits and pieces and put them in a nice bag – it tends to be cheaper than buying the pretty hampers you see in big stores
  • buy some beads and elastic and let the kids make necklaces, etc for the girls in your family (and boys if they would like it!)
  • cut, sand and paint some offcuts of wood – an instant set of building blocks any toddler will appreciate knocking over! Put them in a bucket or bag and you’re done – much more environmentally friendly than plastic blocks, too
  • cut some cardboard into gift cards and fold in half. Get the kids or someone artistic to decorate the cards for multiple occasions and you have a set of cards to give as a gift – remember that people pay $15 or more for a few nice cards to store away

Not only are we saving money, we’re also having fun making things and teaching our kids it is the giving with love that counts, not the price tags. I bet we aren’t the only ones being creative and we’d love to hear other people’s ideas, too – please?

4 Responses to Simple gifts

  • Santa's Elf says:

    Great ideas, DC, thanks for sharing them.

    I so agre that Christmas should be about giving and spending time with loved ones – not commercialism and buying expensive presents. It is easy to get caught up in the buying frenzy though so some reminders of making gifts that count is lovely.

  • Santa's Elf says:

    Oh, and I should add that every Love Santa letter includes a craft idea or two for children to help them wait for Santa’s arrival.

    So if you’re happy for Santa to consider any of your craft ideas for next year’s letters, please let me know!

  • JasonP says:

    It’s not so creative, but have you thought about using up your reward points to buy presents without going to the bank? Various credit cards ands large stores offer rewards now – and they do add up over time, and better to use pints than see them expire!

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