As I mentioned in the Anxiety, ADHD and the Holidays podcast, one of the things I have the most anxiety around is my holiday budget. I want to make sure that my family has a wonderful Christmas, but I also don’t want to go into January feeling guilty that I overspent.
The solution to this problem is pretty simple…embrace your creative side!
Here are a few ways you too can experience the joy of giving without breaking the bank this year:
Give Your Time - How would you feel if you received a homemade card and inside was a note promising to babysit your children while you enjoyed a date night with your spouse or partner? I know I would be pretty appreciative! There are lots of things you can do. For example, help someone with their grocery shopping for the week, give them an afternoon helping clean up their yard or house, or help with an organizing project and offer to take any donations they compile to charity.
Give an Experience - Instead of buying a toy for your niece, let her know you would like to take her out for ice cream and a date to the park. For a little more money, maybe make a trip to the zoo, children’s museum, or an afternoon movie. The memory and experience this provides is much more meaningful and could even become a tradition for years to come.
Cookie Basket - One of my favorite traditions is scheduling a day to bake holiday cookies. I have several different kinds that my family enjoys and I wrap them up in festive bags to give to neighbors and others as gifts. This is a meaningful way to let someone know you are thinking of them without breaking your budget.
Painted Pottery - Check your local listings for a painted pottery store. The idea is to pick out a piece of pottery already made and paint it any way you like. This is a fun experience for all ages. What a wonderful gift for Grandma and Grandpa to have a plate with the handprints of their grandkids!
For more inspiration, I found a few additional resources that have wonderful ideas:
Crazy Little Projects - http://crazylittleprojects.com/2014/10/25-creative-gift-ideas-cost-10.html
Talk Crafty To Me - http://talkcraftytome.com/2009/12/21/gifts-from-your-kitchen/
The 36th Avenue - http://www.the36thavenue.com/25-handmade-gifts-under-5/
Wishing you a happy and creative holiday season!
Until Next Time….