Have you spent more money on wrapping paper, bows, and decorations, combined, than some of the gifts under the tree? Here are a few ways to cut corners around Christmas time.
Stockings – AKA: Money Traps!
It’s easy to spend a days pay on items to fill up a Christmas stocking. If Christmas stockings have become part of your family tradition, you may want to use stuffers such as tissue paper, or newspaper, to tuck inside the foot of the stocking. This makes it appear full, and gives the boot better form. Wrap each individual gift going inside the stocking to add to the appeal. Some suggestions for stocking stuffers are: jewelry, golf balls and tees, perfume, wallet, tie, socks, art pencils and brushes, Legos, toy cars, pocket knives, etc…
Christmas decorations are beautiful and expensive. We can add Christmas cheer to every room in the house without spending a lot of money, and without causing added stress. Simply changing curtains and bed spreads tells all of your visitors you have holiday spirit. Set out reds, blues and greens in your kitchen and dinning area. Change rugs at the entry ways to a welcoming snowman or elves. Adding simple touches to each room will bring in the holiday cheer without a lot of work or money going into it. These are all items you can reuse for years to come. For an added touch, nature provides all the greenery you need to adorn red and white candles, napkin rings, and vases, or to possibly make your own wreaths.
With proper care, artificial trees can be reused for many years. Once the tree begins to lose it’s beauty, the stems can be clipped to make miniature trees, to adorn wreaths, or in making other holiday crafts.
It takes a considerable amount of decorations to cover a medium to large sized tree, too. Consider downsizing the tree, or making decorations yourself. There are several websites to help with this project. Here is a tutorial for Christmas ornaments that may inspire you to make your own.
Although the internet provides the ease of electronic cards, not everyone likes receiving them. Some family and friends still enjoy opening letters and cards. If you have a printer, you can create your own cards with family photos and wording on the front. Addresses marked on used envelopes can be easily covered with Avery address labels.
Christmas parties can pile up quickly, as do the requested ten dollar minimum for “dirty santa” gifts. Instead of purchasing gifts, look around your home, thrift stores, or at yard sales for nice items to regift. Taking food to these parties? There are several recipes on the web you can make at home and still impress party guests.
While you may be unable to gift expensive electronics, think of items to make that one can use their electronics with, such as a Kindle pouch, notebook cover, or cell phone pouch. Knit or crochet blankets, scarfs, or wrist warmers. Use your gallery of photos to print note cards. There is no limit to the type of gift you can give.