Sometimes there’s just not a lot of extra money for Christmas. Guess what–THAT’S OK! **REMEMBER, CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT HOW MANY GIFTS YOU GIVE OR HOW MUCH YOU SPEND, IT’S ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AND THE LOVE YOU SHARE!**
Even so, gift-giving is one of the great joys of the season. Here are a few ideas for Christmas giving for next to nothing.
Time–babysitting (YES!), a free date with spouse/child…What about a commitment to spend an hour a week alone with just that child, going for a walk, playing a game, or doing a craft? Promise of a meal delivered on a busy day? The possibilities are endless—just make sure you follow through. What about giving a mom the gift of a day to herself? Now that’s my idea of a great gift!
Service-raking leaves, household repair, painting, cleaning, donating some other kind of service.
Photos (Grandparents especially love pictures of grandchildren). Frame in thrifted or dollar store frames, or a dollar store album—CHEAP!
Handmade ornaments (salt dough, wood, stuffed felt—google for instructions)
Homemade play dough packaged nicely with a thrifted or dollar store cookie cutter (Easy recipe here)
Write a story for your children—one about yourself growing up, or make one up! Illustrate it if you have any talent in that direction. Kids will love even stick-figure illustrations.
Read a book on tape/cd for your children
Printable coloring book—google for free pages on the theme of your choice
Don’t rule out dollar and thrift stores! There are treasures to be found!
Brown paper packages tied up with string. Brown paper and jute string are cheap. Let your kids stamp/sponge/handprint/draw pictures on the paper in Christmas colors—or leave it plain. I think it’s fun, simple and understated.
Or…same idea…white paper tied with whatever. Here are some pics of white boxes, but the same look could be achieved with a cheap roll of white paper and bargain ribbon. Big Lots is my favorite place to find cheap ribbon.
Martha Stewart—75 gift wrap ideas, some very inexpensive and beautiful.
REMEMBER, CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT HOW MANY GIFTS YOU GIVE OR HOW MUCH YOU SPEND, IT’S ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AND THE LOVE YOU SHARE!