The Christmas gift list is arm’s length but the Christmas gift spending budget will only cover half the gifts that must be purchased. Family, in-laws, friends, co-workers, school teachers and on and on. What to do? Try some of these money saving ideas that allow for everyone on your Christmas list to receive a special something.
Whole Family Christmas Gift
Sister’s family, which consists of five people doesn’t mean five separate gifts have to be purchased. Consider one gift the whole family can enjoy together. For example, if the family enjoys cooking together, consider a basket containing all the food ingredients to prepare a new recipe with, type out the new recipe, laminate it and tie it to the basket with a Christmas ribbon.
Give Children an Experience Instead of a Christmas Gift
When there’s a passel of children in the family (nieces, nephews, grandchildren) buying a Christmas gift for each child will tally up quite a tab. Add the monetary expense to the fact that most children have so much ‘stuff’ anyway, that the Christmas gifts will be forgotten about in a few days. Give the children an experience and they will remember it for years. An overnight ‘camp out’ at your house, where all the children in the family spend the night, staying up late and having quality time talking with you, then fall asleep under the Christmas tree in sleeping bags.
Host a Brunch or Lunch for Friends
Friends are just as busy and for the most part have the same limited Christmas budget as you do, but they still have to eat. Host a brunch or lunch for friends sometime during the Holiday season and make it clear to friends that this is their Christmas present from you.
The brunch or lunch could be hosted at a local restaurant (minimal work for you) or prepared and hosted in your home.
Co-Worker Christmas Gifts
Several budget saving ways to give Christmas gifts to co-workers. Organize an office Secret Santa in which each co-worker’s name is placed on the office Christmas tree and everyone picks one name from the tree and buys that co-worker a Christmas present.
Homemade food is always a welcomed Christmas gift for co-workers. Homemade Christmas candy or cookies placed in inexpensive decorative cookie tins make nice gifts for co-workers. Cooking and serving lunch to co-workers one day close to Christmas would be a welcomed gift. A one-dish entrée meal will suffice, such as a casserole or pot of homemade chili or soup.
When the Christmas gift list is too long, look for ways to give combined gifts and pare down the total number of gifts given instead of paring down names from the Christmas gift list.