Christmas Gift Ideas

Having trouble finding gifts? Maybe you still have a few people you feel like you need to get a present for. On a budget? Who isn’t? I know I am…Well this year like most years our gift list grew just like our Christmas card list. Hubby and I was determine to make this year another debt free Christmas like the past two years. I can tell you it’s not easy but planning ahead and sticking to my budget has made this year another DEBT-FREE Christmas for us! Now that’s something to be celebrate and be grateful for.

For the giggles teachers: At the beginning of every year I send a e-mail questionnaire to my giggles teacher to get to know them a little. I usually ask where they like to shop, eat, favorite treat or sweets, scents they enjoy, do they collect anything or one thing they have too much of. I email because then I can save the email and have access to it anytime (on my phone or at home). The information I get are always helpful and helps me shop all year long.

Gift Ideas:

Gift cards are always appreciated for places the receiver frequents or love to shop at! Don’t over look grocery stores or avoid the fees for a visa/mc gift cards and give them old fashion cash, it’s accepted everywhere 🙂

I was fortunate enough to get those lovely Bath and Body works lotion when they went on sale for $3 a piece, added a pair of fuzzy socks and a nail polish and Viola!  A gift for under $7 infact $5 if you find things on sale or at the dollar store. The bags were free from bath and body works with my purchase so I was more than happy to take some home with me.IMG_1958

A sparkling cider with a couple of plastic champagne glass tied around the neck is a great affordable hostess gift. Neutral and something the whole family can share. Feeling a bit more generous? Substitute sparkling wine or wine you can find good ones for under $10 right now. IMG_1959

Consider giving family gifts:

Maybe a movie night them basket with a family friendly movie, box of popcorn, candies and a couple of bottles of water.

Game night basket: A board game or card game for the family, popcorn, candies and some bottles rootbeer.

What about a membership to a local museum, zoo or another fun family friendly place. Check groupon, living social and deal chicken

game night basketWhat about making a certificate that can be redeemed for a later time by the recipient. Maybe a movie date, picnic at the park. lunch or a make something together date. I know my kids like spending time with those who love them and it doesn’t necessarily cost you anything until after they redeem it.

Check these other blogs out for more DIY Christmas gift on a budget post!

For some Christmas in a jar ideas click here.

Bling coffee mugs

Something inexpensive and think re-using things you have around the house. Here

Cash gifting idea…holiday Dough $$$$

More treats here…Not necessarily food gifts

Oh, and never under estimate the power of a wrapped present. A teacher told me once how she loves giving books for Christmas (cookbooks, novel and even journals) and it doesn’t necessarily cost her a lot but she loves seeing the faces of the recipient when they see how beautifully she wrapped them with pretty paper and a bow. So go find a box or two…put your present in it and wrap it up, even if its a gift card. Besides I think it’s more personal to receive a wrapped gift, shows you took the time to make it pretty 🙂IMG_1934

Those are just a few of the gifts ideas I have used. Whatever you decide on giving this year, don’t give into temptation on using your credit card. Stay within your budget and if you find yourself needing to eliminate certain gifts, do it. The great deal you find today won’t be such a great deal if you had to use your credit card and pay interest on it on the long run.

I hope you make it merry and bright Christmas  and that the greatest give we can give is love with JOY!



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