There are many wonderful things about Christmas! Beautiful decorations, special time with family and friends, gifts galore – it’s all part of the Christmas tradition we all know and love. All the beauty of Christmas can be lost on someone who is broke and can’t produce Christmas presents for loved ones and friends. If you’re a little financially embarrassed this year, and you simply don’t have the funds to buy the gifts you’d like to give, all hope is not lost! There are many gifts you can give using things you already have at home.
Cover a Styrofoam cup with Christmas gift wrap and fill it with candy canes or other candies. Or, drop in an assortment of pencils, pens, paper clips and similar things for a cute desk accessory gift.
Use a paper or cloth-covered bowl to give any number of food gifts. Fill the bowl with packets of hot cocoa, spices, measuring cups and similar implements, or wrapped foods. With the bowl theme in mind place some packets of instant oatmeal or even cans of soup inside the gift bowl.
Make a sewing kit for someone by using thread and things you already have. Glue or sew two pieces of cloth to make a square with one open end. Inside, insert a cardboard piece that has various thread colors wrapped around it. Stick needles and pins between the thread and cardboard to keep them from poking while still including them in the kit. Drop in a few buttons, a measuring tape you made from paper or other items.
Check your local dollar-theme store for a bag of miniature bottles and jars that have lids. You can purchase three to five of them in a bag for about a buck. Fill these with shampoo, conditioner, hand lotion, face cream or other things you already have. Print cute labels for them online and stick them to the bottles. This makes a nice gift for just about anyone.
Take ordinary bars of soap, cut Christmas-theme pictures, and glue them to the soaps. Coat the pictures with several coats of glue and the soaps can actually be used. This is an adorable present for a girl or a woman.
Look around your house and you’ll likely find all sorts of things you can place in a basket to make a gift of this-and-that. A deck of cards, a ruler or tape measure, a new roll of tape, some pencils and pens, a bottle of super glue, a magic marker, a hole punch, an extra spatula – all of these are things you can use to make a Christmas gift basket that has no particular theme.
Don’t be depressed this Christmas because you’re really broke. Look around the house to find things you can use to make a nice gift. You’ll be surprised at just how many gifts you didn’t know you had!