On Monday I challenged you, tough girl, to try and get more out of wanting less. But here’s the thing – I LOVE getting presents. If I said I didn’t and I was too holy for all that, I’d be a big fat liar.
Not only do I love getting presents, I love giving them! I love the look on someone’s face when they tear open the paper and get all excited because you blessed them with something.
I am certainly not an advocate for getting rid of presents all together. But I am a huge advocate of doing gifts in a way that is cheap yet thoughtful and incredibly memorable. So here are some ideas to transform your Christmas asking and giving:
Under $5 presents
-Things from the Dollar Spot at Target. Okay, technically they should call it the three dollar spot. But regardless, it never ceases to amaze me what adorable things they have in that section. Things that are quirky, things that are practical, and things that are cheap!
-Michael’s and Joann’s also have some amazing and fun things for under $5. Plus, you could pick up materials there for the same price and make something totally unique.
-The Dollar Tree. It’s seriously my favorite place in the world right now. I don’t think there’s anything they don’t have. Think of it as a treasure hunt
Presents That Cost Little To Nothing
-Plan a game night
-Make a coupon book (yes, I know you think you’re too old – but if you make it for things they actually want and you actually follow through, it’s totally worth it!)
-Print out a photo colllage
-Make a gift of something of yours they’ve always loved
-At home coffee date
-Movie night complete with popcorn
-At home mani-pedi
Gifts That Make A Difference
World Vision has a gift catalog where something is donated in your/their name
Light Gives Heat offers jewelry, clothing, accessories, and so much more with the proceeds going to the African women who made them
Timbali Crafts is run by a friend of mine and the money from their bags and other fabric products go back to the women of Swaziland (I HIGHLY recommend this one)
-Buy local. Find someone you know who is trying to make a living running their own business and support them.
-Go used. Spend less by getting things from secondhand stores. Clothes, books, art, etc.
-Be creative. Heart felt notes, silly songs on YouTube, or a mix CD can mean more than anything that a lot of money could buy.
-Be thoughtful. The saying is true: it’s the thought that counts.
Question: What do you want for Christmas? Do the things you want and the things you plan on giving show that you are different than the rest of the world? What’s the most meaningful thing someone could get you this year?