If your empty wallet is making you less then jolly this holiday season, don’t give up just yet. There are plenty of great gifts that are guaranteed to keep you out of debt while also putting a smile on the face of someone you love. The key is to look for items that are meaningful yet easily within your price range. No, you may not be able to afford the latest electronic item for everyone on your list, but it is still possible to spread plenty of holiday joy without breaking your budget. The key to great gift giving is creativity. Gifts that are made, rather then bought, can satisfy even the toughest critic. Pictures are a great way to capture a memory.
When put in a homemade frame, these images can bring back fun times with family or friends. Try going to a craft store such as AC Moore, and look for a plain white frame. Pay attention to some of the hobbies or interests of the person you are shopping for, and decorate accordingly. There are plenty of small items available that can be added to your frame. Next try painting your own pottery. This is one of the most popular homemade gift ideas for the holidays. West Chester has its own store called The Painted Plate that caters to all levels of creativity.
If you have little or no artistic skills, have no fear. The experts at The Painted Plate will assist you in making that perfect holiday gift. The prices are reasonable, and there is a huge selection of pieces to choose from. Just give yourself a week for the product to be completely finished and picked up.
Another idea is to create a personalized basket. All you need are a few items that the person absolutely cannot live without. If grooming is a top priority for the person on your list, choose several beauty items such as hair products, lotion, or shaving supplies. Try to think of a favorite snack item, and put that in the basket as well. Good choices are candy, homemade cookies, or even energy bars. Just make sure to wrap all food to preserve the freshness. Finally try to include something that relates to one of their hobbies or favorite sports. This makes the basket a truly personalized creation.
If you cannot imagine making presents though, always look for bargains. Try to find online specials on any items that you need to buy. Look for “Buy one get one free” specials or any kind of sale that gives you more for your money. There is no harm in getting two people similar gifts. Pay attention to the local newspapers because these are where many of the best bargains appear. Advertisements are also sent through the mail, so think twice before you trash today’s postal delivery. Try not to buy on impulse because this is where you will end up wasting the most money. Research the products you need to buy, and always compare prices.
The holidays are a time to show the people you love how much you really care about them. Presents and gifts are a great start, but the true test is not measured in material objects. A simple hug or kiss and a few kind words can go a very long way. Volunteering to help a family member with their everyday tasks or taking a night to spend time with someone you care about are both great ways to show your love. These easy ideas are both meaningful and free. Your budget and your heart will be greatly rewarded.