Christmas is a wonderful time of the year that, unfortunately, can end up costing a lot of money. It can be difficult to be generous during the Christmas season when funds are tight. Here are ways to remain generous during the holiday season despite a bad economy.
Instead of buying new gifts for a gift exchange, use items you already own. A fun way to be generous in a bad economy during the Christmas holiday season is to give gifts from your own home. Do you have nice items around your house that you do not use? Instead of allowing these items to collect dust, give them as a gift at Christmas to a friend that could use and enjoy it. Share this Christmas gift exchange idea with friends and family beforehand, so everyone can plan on joining in on recycled gift giving.
Do not buy gifts from stores, make them! Are you talented with arranging photos or scrap booking? Make a picture collage as an inexpensive gift. Do you crochet or knit? Use your talent to create homemade hats, scarves, purses, or anything the person receiving the gift might like. Do you enjoy writing? Write a story or poem as gift. Homemade items can cost much less than store bought items, but mean so much more. For more homemade gift ideas to make in a bad economy, click here.
Gift of Time
Being generous at Christmas in a bad economy does not have to involve money. All a person has to do is look at what they do have available to give, such as their time. Do you usually buy a gift for someone with children? Instead of purchasing something, give a coupon to baby-sit for free for an evening. A Christmas coupon book can encompass a wide range of gifts that do not cost any money at all!
Gift of Volunteering
Volunteering for Christmas charities, soup kitchens, and schools will evoke the same good feelings from giving, if not more so, than material gifts that cost money. The gift of volunteering at Christmas is a generous gift of time and caring that will be appreciated by many. During a bad economy, more and more people may be lacking basic necessities during the Christmas holiday season. Volunteering is an easy, generous way to extend a helping hand to those in need. Volunteering during the Christmas season, at organizations such as the Salvation Army Christmas charity, is not only a gift for others, but a gift to yourself with the good feelings associated with helping those less fortunate.
There are many ways to be generous at Christmas during a bad economy, all it takes is a little thought, creativity, and love. The above gifts can mean so much more than store-bought, material gifts! The true meaning of Christmas is easier to see when the focus is not on material goods and money spent. Even in a good economy, homemade and recycled gifts, time, and volunteering can lead to a more enjoyable and cherished Christmas holiday.
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