"Holiday gifts on a budget?" You ask. It seems impossible, I know. For many years, I was an over-gifter. For every major holiday, birthday or special occasion, whether I had a lot or a little money, I ran to the mall to get gifts for all my family and friends. I even bought gifts for the post office employees.
I love giving gifts to my friends and family because I love seeing them smile. Unfortunately, paying for all those gifts can be painful. Over the years, I found other ways to acknowledge my loved ones without bursting my budget.
5 Great Gifts On A Budget
- Photos are timeless gifts. They keep friends and family in the loop of what is happening with you.
- Host gatherings and parties. Having a good time together, sharing food and treasured recipes brings the holidays spirit without gifts. You are giving the gift of experience and sharing good times together to remember.
- Revive the lost-art of letter writing. A thoughtful greeting card with a meaningful quote goes a long way. Crafty friends could even create hand-made greeting cards.
- Home-baked goodies are a timely treat. Resist the urge to be fancy, and just follow an easy recipe for chocolate chip cookies. My speciality is banana bread with chocolate chips. After all, who doesn't love chocolate?
- Give the gift of thyme. Get 2-3 fresh herb plants and arrange them in a decorative pot. This gift is perfect for those who love to cook.
You do not need to judge the value of the gift you give. That is not important, and there is no need to feel embarrassed if you do not have much or any money to spend on gifts. A gift's value cannot match the relationship's value. The gifts are always token gestures in comparison. As motivational speaker, Tony Robbins reminds us:
"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more."
Finally, if someone offers you a gift, and you do not have one for them, graciously say thank you. Your smile is actually what they really wanted anyway.
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