Does anyone have any good suggestions?

Kristina - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




I need some budget friendly suggestions on Chrismtas gifts. My side of the family insists on gift exchanges every Christmas. We really can't afford giving gifts this year and I really need some inexpensive gift ideas for family gifts. We really enjoy home made gift projects so please give us your input! (I do photography.) So any "photo" gift ideas are a plus!


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Shailesh - posted on 07/01/2014




respected mem,
if they love you and they accept you as a friend then there is no need to give them expensive gift .whatever gift you will give to them they will except.Otherwise you can change your mind for them

Sharon - posted on 11/12/2009




Jar cookies - cookie mixes in mason jars decorated with ribbon or stickers.

gift baskets - I get christmassy baskets at the dollar store and buy $1 pillar candles (lead free) $1 bubble bath (name brand) $1 scented powders etc

I also buy small gift bags 2 inches wide, 3 inches long 3 or 4 inches tall and cram it full of candies for my girlfriends. usually a lot of chocolates. I know what all their favorites are. My friend in australia loves cinnamon redhots, my friend in michigan loves caramellos, my friend in texas loves white toblerone

Photo gifts - our dollar store currently has photo mouse pads - insert your own photo.

you can make your own calendar, print up calender pages from your computer, you can make a full sized calendar or use a $1 photobook, insert a picture then a calendar sheet. The cool thing is you can personalize the calendars with family birthdays. you can print up cool pictures on and other sites with really fun frames.

hubby LOVES getting pictures of the kids, so I print up a bunch of pictures of them and let them put them in a $1 album with notes or drawings on 4 x 6 index cards....

the list is endless.....

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I agree with Gwen. We had the same problem with my husband's side of the family. We just told them we cannot participate due to lack of funds. They're not obligated to give us gifts either. So the years we can't afford to, we don't give gifts. They can either accept it or not.

Gwen - posted on 11/12/2009




I would politely explain to your side of the family that you are unable to participate. You should not feel pressured to purchase (or make) gifts you can't afford.

Lindsay - posted on 11/12/2009




Maybe you could make some Christmas candies, cookies, and bread and place them nicely in a tin for each. You cold also stick a framed photo of the family in with it to make it personal!

Amy - posted on 11/12/2009




If you have a big party and need little gifts for everyone I suggest making some home made marshmallows or hot chocolate. One year we made the marshmallows and they were SO good and everyone loved them.

I did a google search of "home made gift ideas" and found a lot of good sites with some fun examples. Some things like "Cookies in a jar" or home made ornimants seemed easy.

This year I'm making some of my gifts, one thing I'm doing is for my nease I'm making some toddler bibs, I found the best pattern for free online, made one out of old t-shirts for my son and it's just the best bib!

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