11/04/2011

Holiday Gift Giving Resources

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”. Focus on alternative gifts to your family and friends without spending a fortune. For more information on how to save while giving, visit our full page Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays: Gifts from the Heart
Quick and Easy Shopping Tips:
• Don’t wait until the day before the big event to shop
• Leave the credit cards at home
• Charge carefully
• Get organized
•Remember that online items will cost more due to shipping charges 


Interesting Gift Suggestions:
  • Create a brag book in minutes by uploading images to a CD and bringing them to a photo-printing kiosk.
  • Prove that eco-cleaning does work and can smell nice, too. Fill a pretty bottle with a homemade cleaner scented with essential oils. Find easy-to-make formulas at ehow.com. On the home page, type in “how to make green cleaning supplies.”
  • Make a recipe booklet with your favorites handwritten on cute cards. Punch a hole in the corner of each and tie together with a festive ribbon. Offer a dessert sample with the booklet.
  • Dip pretzels in melted store-bought almond bark and lay them on wax paper. Decorate with red and green sugar crystals, then package in holiday-themed cellophane bags.
More Resources:
  • Gift Coupons- a personal coupon book is inexpensive gift that is loved by all.
  • Holiday Stocking Stuffers-  Keep track of the little items that add up on your shopping list with this easy to use chart.
  • Gift Giving List:  100's of ideas for gifts they will remember, but your budget won't

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