Keep up with Gift Giving without Breaking the Bank

Written by: Jessica Schanberg

Holidays…Again?  It’s amazing how fast the time flies and then it’s time to buy dozens of gifts for friends and family. It can get expensive. There is a way around this and that’s to be a little creative and use some elbow grease. Here are just a few ways you can have fun and make your holiday gifts at the same time.

Photo Books

Make a photo book of the latest fun photos of you and your children and send it to your family members and friends. It’s a special and personal gift that they will treasure.

Arts and Crafts

All you need is some paper, fingers, brushes, paint and a couple of potatoes and you’ve got yourself a Picasso waiting to happen. If your children like to make art, then this is the perfect way to make a beautiful, personal and economical gift.

Just put out a tarp, or use an art table and put out art supplies and paper. Potatoes can be fun, because you can cut out shapes in them and your children can use them as stamps.

When you are done, you can find an inexpensive frame at Michael’s or Target, or use canvas board instead of paper. It’s a unique and lovely way to share your family’s creativity, and avoid the madness of big store shopping.

Bake it!

Instead of store bought goodies, make some cookies, or peanut brittle for gifts. Get your children involved and you have some fun on your hands! You can get cookie tins from the Dollar Store or Target and add a bright ribbon and bow.

This is just a start. There are many fun ways to avoid the frenzy and cost of holiday gift buying, if you stay close to home and use your own creativity.

This article is a guest post by Jessica Schanberg of Chicago based Pixel Peony. She is a computer savvy Personal Assistant and Personal Organizer/Graphic Designer. As an organizer, Jessica is adept at creating systems for her clients that help them to live better clutter-free lives in their environments.

Posted on November 04, 2011 at 9:26 PM