Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays: Gifts from the Heart

The holidays should be a time for happiness and celebration. Most families look forward to gift-giving, holiday activities, and visits with families. However, it can also be stressful with hectic shopping trips, budget planning, and the holiday “hustle and bustle”. Holidays can be even more complicated when finances (especially credit cards) become overwhelming. Focus on alternative gifts to your family and friends without spending a fortune. Some suggestions are as follows:

• Take advantage of sales throughout the year
• Create your own gift baskets
• Baked goods make excellent gifts using your favorite recipes.
• Fill a basket with ingredients for your favorite dish and include the recipe.
• Consider a gift subscription to a favorite magazine or newsletter.
• Construct a personalized picture by framing a holiday card.
• Take some of your favorite homemade jellies and jams and gift as gifts.

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Next, consiter making your own wrapping paper with stamps or fingerpaint, and reuse bags from last year. Make your own wrapping paper using fabric. The fabric can be used later for other projects. There is no right or wrong way to wrap with fabric. Be creative. Personalize a sweatshirt or t-shirt with fabric paints for interesting gifts. Fabric paints can be found in most discount and hobby/craft stores. Follow paint directions carefully.

Also making a personal coupon book is another inexpensive gift for the holidays. Offer services that reflect your interests and your talents. A night of babysitting for a couple with a new baby, cleaning out a quarter or a half of car grange space, or a free back rub after a hard day are much appreciated gifts of time. The coupon books are easy to make, and we’ve included an example template that can be found here: Gift Coupons

Also spend time not money. Going out and doing things together can mean a lot more to family members than expensive gifts. Don’t be afraid to be creative.

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