The thing about birthdays and holidays is that they always seem to arrive at just the wrong time. And it’s always when cash is a little short. How can you buy beautiful gifts for family and friends without spending a fortune?
- Shop Wisely
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for bargains. Don’t wait until the last minute to buy gifts. Shop ahead of time. The January sales are a great place to pick up items that didn’t sell in the run-up to Christmas. Put one or two aside for later in the year.
Secondhand or preloved products also make wonderful presents. You can often pick up items that haven’t been used from charity or pawn shops. You can pick up quality items at a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for an affordable gift idea, view it at MyPawn.net and other outlets.
- Personal Gifts
Personal items such as photographs make memorable gifts for family and close friends. Arrange to have a photograph of the whole family taken and have it framed. You don’t have to use a professional photographer, ask a creative friend with a good eye to do this for you.
And you don’t have to stop with framed photographs. Many companies offer services where photos can be printed onto items such as calendars, mugs, mouse mats, etc. Many of these are inexpensive, especially if you purchase more than one.
If you’re creative, you can create a personalized gift yourself. It’s possible to buy kits for keyrings and snow globes, where all you have to do is add your photo. Take out the glitter pens and add a little sparkle.
Photographs can also be printed onto fabric. Using this method, there is no end to the possibilities. You can create your own cushions, quilts, and t-shirts.
As an alternative, you could you the kids’ artwork in place of photos.
- Homemade Gifts
You don’t have to be an artist or an avid crafter to make beautiful homemade gifts. There are lots of simple projects you can get involved in that are simple to make but look impressive. Look online for examples. You can make candles, toiletries, ornaments and jewelry with just a few components. And for a simple box of chocolates, follow this recipe.
- Simple Candy Recipe
All you need is a large bar of your favorite chocolate, a packet of biscuits, and a knob of butter. Melt the butter in a pan and crush the biscuits in the packet with a rolling pin. Add the fine biscuit crumbs to the melted butter and mix thoroughly. Place the mixture onto a shallow baking tray and press into the base with a spoon. Allow it to cool. Next, melt the chocolate. You can do this by placing it in the microwave for a few minutes. If you prefer, boil a pan of water on the stove and melt the chocolate in the bowl over the pan. Once melted pour the chocolate over the biscuit base and smooth with a spoon. Allow it to set overnight. The chocolate will become hard again, and you can break it into rough, manageable pieces. Place into a pretty box with a ribbon, and you have delicious, homemade candy.
Gifts are not about money. You can still give meaningful presents without spending a fortune. And it’s those personal gifts that show care and thought that will make the biggest impact.