If you’re low on cash or just not inspired by what you’re seeing in the stores there are plenty of great options for gifts that cost next to nothing. Here are a few ideas:
Every year my husband goes through my extended family’s Facebook pages and puts together a digital photo album of the year set to music. You can burn this onto a DVD and make fun labels! Or make a regular photo album for the coffee table.
If your family likes to cook, pull together everyone’s favorite recipes into a cookbook. You can bind it yourself or get it done cheaply at a print shop.
You can never go wrong with a Mix Tape! Put together a custom playlist for someone. Think of themes: is someone going on a road trip. training for a marathon, working on a big project? Tailor the songs to what they are working on.
Do you have a skill? Even something as simple as sewing can turn into great gifts. Last year Holly made us awesome therapeutic rice bags. They can be either hot or cold depending on what you need. We use it all the time.
Start a Holiday tradition instead of exchanging gifts – meet up for lunch or a drink, or simply drive around and check out all the Holiday lights.
Baked goods, or ready-to-go ingredients in a festive Mason jar (cookie or soup ingredients both work well), chocolate-covered pretzel rods, a giant decorated cookie cut like a puzzle, there are lots of ideas for every skill level.
Holiday-themed art: even if you’re not a great artist you can cheaply make a festive sign that can be used year after year. Check Pinterest for ideas.
Make a year’s worth of Holiday-themed photo booth props. You can find free printables online – print them out on card stock and glue them to dowels. Every time they pull out a heart (Valentine’s Day), a leprechaun hat (St. Patrick’s Day), a flag (4th of July), a witch hat (Halloween), a Pilgrim hat (Thanksgiving), or a Santa beard (Christmas) they will think of you.
If you have ideas I haven’t listed, we’d love to hear them!