Inexpensive Gifts and Holidays
Inexpensive gifts and holiday decorations don't have to ruin your holiday spirit. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, or so goes the song.
But if you’re trudging from store to store, clutching a crumpled list in your hand and wondering what to get Uncle Joe or Aunt Margaret this year, and at the same time being bodily shoved about by other shoppers who seem to think that everyone else in the store is after the same thing you’re after, you might be not be feeling so jolly.
In fact, you might start getting a little worried about the dreaded January credit card bills that will be coming due. Of course, you might be trying desperately to shove it to the back of your mind, but there’s no denying that the end-of-the-year holiday season can result in a large dip in most people’s bank accounts.
Is it possible to live a frugal lifestyle and yet get through the holiday season with your bank account relatively intact?
The answer to both of these questions is a resounding ‘Yes!’ it is possible to get friends and families presents that will be appreciated without the need to spend big bucks.
Here are some frugal tips on how you can save money during the holiday season while still being jolly and happy:
Inexpensive Gifts and Holiday Tips: Get an Artificial Christmas Tree
The real thing might have that wonderful ‘tree’ smell and, well, it looks like a tree, but consider this: do you really want to spend $75-$150 each year for a new tree that you’re probably only going to use for a few weeks then dispose of?
Over 5-10 years, that adds up to quite a large bill. How about going with an artificial Christmas tree instead? You can get ones that look incredibly real, and not only will it look superb when you hang the decorations on it, but it has the advantage of not needing any water and not dropping dead needles. And of course, you can use it again the next year and the year after that….a beautiful, very real-looking artificial Christmas tree can pay for itself after 2-3 years.
Inexpensive Gifts and Holiday Tips: Make your Own Christmas Decorations
Christmas decorations are another place where you can save a bit of money. Instead of getting your festive decorations from the department stores, try your hand at making your own decorations.
Let your creative juices flow; after all, ‘tis the season to be jolly! Try gathering pinecones, then either spray them with silver or gold paint, or sprinkle some glitter on them. These can be great for decorating your book shelves or Christmas tree.
If you have colorful junk mail or old magazines, you can cut them up into strips, and then use them to make paper chains. You can also decorate candles with ribbons or colorful paper, but make sure you don’t actually use them. If you have your eyes on some really attractive Christmas decorations at the stores, you can consider getting them after Christmas, when they will most likely being sold at half-price or at an even greater discount. Then you can use them for your next Christmas.
Inexpensive Gifts and Holiday Tips: Make your own Christmas Cards
We know that Christmas cards can make great decorations on top of the mantelpiece, but what do most people do with them after the holidays? Put them in the recycle bin or store them away in some box.
You should only be sending Christmas cards to family and close friends, people who will really appreciate them. Most Christmas cards are fairly expensive, even if you buy them in bulk. What’s even more expensive is the postage cost. To save on the expenses required to mail them, try considering using Christmas postcards or eCards instead.
Inexpensive Gifts and Holiday Tips: Give Fun and Easy Christmas Gifts that Don’t Break Your Bank Account
There’s no need for designer ties, expensive hardback books or beautifully wrapped store-bought cookies. With just a little planning, you can give beautiful Christmas presents to your family and friends.
It may be a cliché, but to many people, it’s indeed the thought that counts. Show people that you’ve put some thought into the gift, and they’ll be happier than if you had bought some random expensive gift.
Who doesn’t love cookies? Use some inexpensive jars and containers (easily bought from any thrift shop or dollar store), some ribbon, an easy cookie recipe and then start baking. Once the cookies are ready, place them in one of the jars, tie the ribbon around it and put a small card on top with a greeting. Now you’ve got a great present ready to go. The only problem you’re likely to hear is people complaining there’s not enough in the jar.
Its absolutely not mandatory that your gifts be brand new. Buy a beautiful second-hand silk tie for Uncle Eddie from the Salvation Army store or Goodwill. Pick out a cool retro sun-dress for cousin Annie from a vintage clothing store. Poke around in bookstores that deal in second-hand books to find a great read for your book-loving nephew. You’d be surprised at the gems that you can find in these stores; your friends and family will love you for it.
Everyone likes a little pampering now and again, so create your own pamper baskets. Make up an inexpensive gifts basket of bathroom luxuries and personal care items: bath salts, essential oils, soaps, a brand new loofah and so on. This can be bought for a low cost, and with the help of some ribbons, you can create a very appealing gift.
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