Short on cash? Welcome to the world where no one wants to break the bank in December. It’s easy not to as there are so many fun ways to give without overspending. If you’re on a tight budget, you can give something small. It really is just the thought that counts. If they’re friends or family, they will understand your predicament.
- Chip Clips.
This was one of my favorite hostess gifts from my friend Roberta, and we love it after all these years. They also make great stocking stuffers.
Make your own gift such as greeting cards or framed photos.
- Make It Homemade.
Edible gifts of any kind are always welcome. If you excel at fruitcake, go for it.
- Gift of Time.
Give your own time and offer to help someone with babysitting, gardening, or taking a senior to a doctor appointment. Any of these will not break the budget.
Regifting is perfectly OK as long as it’s unused. Freshen it up with some new wrapping, and it’s as good as new.
- Joke Gifts.
Some call them white elephant gifts, but why not buy a fun piggy bank so everyone saves their pennies for better gifts the following year?
- Handwritten Letters.
I’m sure the seniors in your life would appreciate nothing more than a letter telling them how much they mean to you. At a certain age, material items become meaningless. A letter can be treasured forever (and this doesn’t mean an email).
- Take a Trip to Your Local Grocery Store.
A trip to your own grocery market is a treasure trove. What about jewelry cleaner, silver cleaner, or hot chocolate with marshmallows, all nicely wrapped.
- Doggie Gifts.
We shouldn’t forget the dogs in our life and gifts for them are always fun and inexpensive. Think toys, snacks, or even offer to walk the dog for a week.
Chip Clip: A fun hostess gift or stocking stuffer.