No Cost Holidays on a Shoestring Budget
To help you figure affordable gifts, think about your skillset. Think about things you have that you can give to someone.
Look for sales – clearance ones are often highly discounted. Look for these sales all year long and put them into a closet to give out later as holiday gifts.
A great gift is a poem or a set of poems that you wrote, either handwritten or on a computer. You can write a story, or your life story, and give that out to others. These are heartfelt types of affordable gifts that most people treasure, and cost nearly nothing. A no cost holiday gift is just as appreciated.
You can take photos of your family, or self, or sunsets, or details of things on a walk as you go out. You can print them out on a printer or take them to a developing or printshop type place, like Walgreens or Kinko’s where they can print it out in a certain size. If you have old photos of family, it can be a great thing to pass on down your family line and make affordable gifts.
If you have a skill, like you can draw or paint or sew or do a craft, work on a gift from that. Hand-made treasures are often appreciated and make great affordable gifts from the heart. There are lots of easy things you can make.
If you have too many of something, like 5 sets of shot glasses, you can clean the best ones and give someone a set of them. If you were given a gift at some point that you did not like, you can re-gift it to someone else with no relation to the original gift giver. If you have clothes that you or your family have not worn or even ever worn, you can clean them and give them as an affordable gift – if they are in pretty new condition. You can fix them up with ribbon, or a flower patch, or something to make them seem new again. These are all other no cost holiday gift ideas.
Go to the dollar store to get wrapping paper and cards – it’s cheap and a couple rolls can go a long way. Whatever you don’t use, store it away until next year.
Try not to put gift purchases on credit cards, as you will have to figure out how to pay those bills back later. Credit card debt is not something you want with the higher rates.
Give up on sending Christmas cards and save on both the cards and the postage. You can continue them another year or send out other getting up to date type cards later in the year when you can afford it.
Make a different type of holiday meal – it doesn’t have to be fancy but just good enough to feed your family and gather around each other for fellowship. It need not follow a tradition until you can once again afford it.
Off years can still make nice memories. Think of the reason for the holiday and not how you can make a presentation – like on Thanksgiving, just be thankful for each other and make that be the main part of the celebration, not the food or gifts.