We are saving for this epic wedding and in the process, it seems we’ve run out of Christmas spending money. That means we are sort of leaving many family members out in the cold. But maybe not. Believe it or not there are a few things you can give that will be appreciated and won’t cost you much at all.
So I decided to compile a list of gifts for the “poor and destitute.” Hopefully this list will give you some good gift giving ideas.
1) Bake Them Something. If you know your way around a kitchen, and keep the standard baking ingredients in your kitchen most of the time, you can bake all of your family members your favorite type of cookie for pennies.
Here is my favorite cookie recipe, and it makes LOTS of cookies!
2) This one will probably get some scoffs, but hear me out: Gift Cards. They are normally associated with the thought, “Sorry I don’t know you that well, so, buy your own gift.” I hope to break that stereotype. It really depends on the gift card, and the person you’re giving it to. For instance, my parents enjoy eating out, so it would be very thoughtful to give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant. You can get gift cards for almost anything these days, so just consider the person (or family) and what they like to do!
The bonus is that you won’t over spend, gift cards generally come in increments of $5-$10 so you’ll know exactly what you’re spending when you go to purchase!
3) Anything DIY. Generally, if you are a person who enjoys doing projects you have already bought the tools necessary to make all of your Christmas gifts by just stockpiling things over the months. Try making all your gifts and only spending a few dollars in the process.
Check out each tutorial (click the caption)! I really love the sock monkey but I don’t have the necessary start-up materials to do it. Some DIY projects don’t even require huge start-up costs, such as the mug projects. If you don’t have some of the materials lying around the house, they are very cheap to pick up.
Simple and inexpensive gifting really requires using your talents to create something for others. Or, if you don’t have the time for a project, take your budget, and think about giving the person an experience they’ll really enjoy.