Happy Frugal Christmas! There's no doubt we spend a lot of money at Christmas time. Times may be tough, and your budget may be stretched to the limit, but, there are ways to come up with frugal Christmas gift ideas without looking like a scrooge.
Here are 7 frugal gift ideas for the family that you can consider this holiday season:
1. Gifts of time
The gifts of time work especially well for children. Give the gift of a day or a slumber party with a niece or nephew. Spend the day playing in a park, watching a movie at home or cooking cookies in the kitchen. These sparse ‘experience gifts' are often much more valuable than a cash gift or a new toy.
2. Handcrafted Fleece Blanket
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We did this one year for the grandmothers of the family, and it was by far the favorite gift of the year. We still see grammars crawling with their fleece blankets during the cold season. Grab a discount coupon (use sites like ReferralCodes.co or SlickDeals) at your favorite fabric store or craft shop, choose a non-woven pattern that matches your recipient's favorite colors or the color scheme of your home.
3. Service gifts
Service gifts are perfect for the elderly, extremely busy or economical. We used our gifts and talents to offer a variety of service gifts, such as hairstyles (I was a beautician in a previous life), painting, landscaping, and childcare. Just create a list of your skills and link them to those on your wish list that might be able to give gifts in coordination areas.
4. A cookbook was written by hand
Buy a cute notebook and write down all your favorite recipes. Be sure to leave some blank pages so that your recipient can add some of his favorite recipes. You can also choose the recipes you add based on a theme, such as a cooking theme, a theme for another country, or a simple recipe theme.
5. A set of homemade bathing products
There are many ways to make fragrant bath salts or body ointments in your bath set at home. One of my favorite scrubs is a simple mix of equal parts of coconut oil and sugar. Add a scrub to the loofah or bath, an excellent CD with relaxing music and put it all in a nice basket. This is a great frugal gift idea for just about any adult.
6. Frozen meals
If you have a recipient on your gift list who does not have the time or cannot cook, he can enjoy it if you give him or her homemade meals for his freezer. That way they can quickly take them out and put them in the oven. Soups, stews, stews, and lasagne are great meals for the freezer.
7. A microwaveable heating pad with rice
Seriously! I've done this before, it had the shape of a fish and was filled with rice and clove. It was a great comfort for the children if they were scared or did not feel well. “Spongebob” as it is called, still gets used to our family.
The Bottom Line
These are some of the frugal gifts that can be presented easily without looking like a last minute gift idea. Remember, the value of a Christmas gift does not lie in its price but the thought behind it. Next, be sure to check out our tips on how to save money for the rest of the year.