Gift-Giving, Economically!

With the Christmas holidays only a few months away, you have probably made your list of gifts for family and friends. Perhaps you have also decided to reduce the amount you're going to spend for gifts this year. In today's economy, it's a reasonable decision that everyone understands (they've probably come to the same conclusion, as well). Economical gift-giving doesn't necessarily mean cheap junk, but rather thoughtful and creative gifts that your recipients will appreciate and treasure. Here are some ideas and suggestions on how you can present wonderful gifts this Christmas without breaking the bank:

  • If you're handy in the kitchen and enjoy baking, why not put together a gift basket filled with homemade cookies and muffins? You can also throw in a variety of teas. Decorative baskets can be purchased at any local dollar-type store, as well as the wrapping to go along with it.
  • Another gift idea that has always been popular is a basket filled with bath and body lotions, body wash, and scrubs. These items are very affordable and you can create a unique basket filled with sweet-smelling scents that are sure to please any recipient.
  • Do you have a friend or family member who loves coffee? If so, you can purchase a box of sample coffees. Add some homemade edible treats and present it all in a gift basket, as well.
  • Aromatherapy candles are also a big hit with many. Add 'sounds-of-nature' or 'ocean-waves' CDs that can calm and soothe the mind and senses. You can find these affordable items at discount department stores or online.
  • Using the gift-basket theme again, if you make your own homemade jams and jellies, add these items along with homemade muffins and some green tea. This is a healthy, inexpensive and tasty way to say that you truly care about the recipient's well-being.
  • Perhaps you have a friend that loves books. There are plenty of books on a virtually any topic that you can buy for less than half the normal retail price at bookstores or online.
  • How about a large soup cup filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows for those cold winter nights? Use your creative juices to make this a very unique "basket" of treats.

Get the picture? A great gift doesn't have to be expensive. It could consist of a picture of you and your friend placed in a nice frame, a homemade hat and scarf for the winter or even a CD of favorite Christmas music that you put together for that special someone. Economical gifts not only save money, but also allow you to really think about the recipient individually. They show that you have taken the time to select or create those items that you know will be appreciated.

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