Inexpensive Gift-Giving for the Holidays

The economy has made gift-giving for the holidays difficult. But you can economize, be creative, and have fun in producing gifts that show you care. One method is to shop throughout the year. If you see a sales special for an item you know will please someone, snatch it up and save. January is the month for white sales and all bedding is steeply discounted. You can purchase some beautiful sheet sets and surprise someone, who never expected to receive such an item.


Gift items needn't be expensive or conventional. You can forgo the X-box 360 and give nephew collectible sports cards of his favorite team. Give mom or nana a box of tree ornaments. How about a favorite plant for your uncle's green thumb?

Home-made baked goods are something everyone loves at holiday time. And while you're being creative, wrap gifts in unconventional wrapping. Go to the art store and buy a roll of inexpensive butcher paper. Find notions that could work in place of gift ribbons to adorn your packages. The art and $1.00 store are two good places to get many ideas on inexpensive gift-giving.

Simple items can make someone's day a little brighter. A new set of dish cloths, towels, a muffin pan, crochet or knitting supplies all are common items we enjoy having and using.

The idea behind all gift-giving is making someone feel loved and appreciated, and it doesn't take over-charging your credit card to accomplish that. All it takes is thoughtfulness and some creativity.

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