For many people, Christmas is the best time of the year; fluffy white snow, time with family, Santa Clause, and, of course, the presents. Sweet, capitalistic presents. While gifts aren’t the most important part of this holiday, it is nice to receive a present from a person you care about and have that object be something meaningful to show they care. But with so many people to buy for, all those presents can add up. You don’t want to give a bad present but can’t afford to buy everyone in your family a new iPhone. So what can you do? Luckily, there are several gift options that are both meaningful and relatively cheap.
Feeling crafty? Maybe you can try your hand at a number of “Do It Yourself” projects. These might include creating a painting, a picture throw blanket, a photo book, personalized table coasters, writing a poem or short story, making a wall canvas, or doing wood burning. These types of projects are fun to make and are extremely personal. Make a blanket with your sister’s dog on it, paint your mom a landscape, or create a photo album of you and your spouse’s most cherished memories. If you’re creative and willing, these are terrific gift ideas.
A Personalized Coupon Book
Putting together a personalized coupon book might seem like a last-minute thought that was thrown together in the nick of time–and perhaps in your case it very well might be–but if done right it can be creative, funny, and even useful. If the booklet is for a boyfriend or girlfriend, you can include coupon tickets like, “Good For One Home-Cooked Meal,” if you don’t typically cook, or “Free Back/Foot Massage” to relieve any tension they might have–if they’ve been complaining about foot pain this could be a sign of developing bunions, in which case they should visit www.northwestsurgerycenter.com/ for more information. Another great benefit of this idea is virtually free unless you decide to put something of monetary value into the book, like “All Expense Paid Movie Theater Trip.” The options are limitless, and they’ll likely get a kick out of it as well, assuming you include some worthwhile coupons.
Good ole’ reliable. Who doesn’t enjoy a cool coffee mug? You can give them personal and sentimental messages or add pictures that provide them with a heavy dose of nostalgia, or pick out a mug that reflects their interests. Give them a mug with their favorite television show, movie, sports team, animal, superhero, band, or any other hobby they might have! Even if the person getting the gift doesn’t drink coffee, they can still use it for hot chocolate, soup, or as a regular drinking glass; if the mug is special enough they might also display it rather than using it for its intended purpose. You can buy these types of mugs all over the place or online. These levels of personalization will help distinguish your mug from a common white ceramic mug that you can buy for a dollar and make the person feel like you really thought of them–plus you can buy one for under fifteen dollars.
Gifting presents to your friends and family doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Personalized gifts are always a great option if you’re lost on what to get someone, and there are plenty of options to explore. These are gifts that you’ll feel good giving, people will love receiving, and your wallet will be happier because of it.