Max’s Thrifty Holiday Gift Giving Guide
When it comes to your holiday gift-giving style, are you a passionate penny pincher? A fan of frugality? Maybe you’re just looking to save a little extra cash this year. If your gift-giving list is 1 page or 10, thriftiness is the name of the game and can cover everyone from your spouse to your neighbor. This season can be a great success with some creativity, thoughtfulness and *drumroll please* thriftiness. The key to success during this joyous time of year, is to share the celebration with friends and loved ones and enjoy the season without going broke.
The list of customizable items is pretty endless, and when you give something that can’t be bought in a store, it becomes a one of a kind, unique and extra special gesture!
- Tree Skirt
Wondering what to get for that sweet couple’s wedding you attended this summer? A tree skirt is like the bow on top of an exquisitely wrapped present. Plus, chances are, this décor item might not be something they considered for their first holiday season together. Bust out the sewing kit, pick out a festive pattern, and personalize with the newlywed’s last name. This personalized gift may perfect for many families on your list.
- The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
Nothing turns up the festive dial quite like holiday stockings by a cozy fireplace. Consider your friend that just moved into a new place or your new neighbor …and their bare mantel. Either make the stocking yourself with a festive pattern and applique or buy inexpensive stockings (and stocking stuffers) from the dollar store and add your own flare. P.S. – Don’t forget to include one for the kids and pets too!
Get Crafty and Go Handmade!
There is something really satisfying about giving gifts that cost little more than the time it takes to make them. Crafting is a fun and inexpensive way to give a thoughtful gift to all your co-workers in your office.
- Mason Jar Madness
Combine the ingredients of your favorite sugary treat in a mason jar. Complete the look with a cheerful ribbon and handmade gift tag with cooking instructions. From hot chocolate to cookies, you can find something for even the pickiest sweet tooth. These 20 Delicious Mason Jar Recipes Gift ideas are sure to inspire you!
- Knitting Niceness
Cold weather gear is ideal for chilly early morning walks to the office. Do your colleagues a favor and knit a scarf or hat in their favorite color.
- Going green
For the green thumb in your life, gift a few bags of seeds for them to plant in the spring or consider a one-year membership to the Arbor Day Foundation. In addition to a variety of perks, new members receive ten free trees!
- Year in Review
Compile some of your adventurous sibling’s pictures, 12 to be exact, and put them on a 2018 calendar. Did they take any fun and exciting vacations to exotic destinations? Get married? Print out the pictures and put in the coordinating month. Include important dates throughout the year like birthdays and anniversaries. Make it yourself DIY, or use an online service like picaboo calendars.
- Thrifty Theme Baskets
Whoever you are shopping for, gift baskets can cover everybody from your favorite baker to your new neighbor. For the book lover in your life include a favorite paperback from your collection, an audible gift card, and a unique bookmark. For that person that just can’t function in the morning until they have their coffee, include a bag of their favorite roast, a charming mug, and a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.
Wrapping it up
Are your coupon-clipping fingers tingling from all these savings without losing anything except a little more of your creative time? Gift giving doesn’t have to be stressful or tremendously expensive. Use your resources, and be sure to add personal touches. When you’re able to cross off everyone from your list without breaking the bank, giving becomes better than receiving ever did before!
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