Holiday Gifts in a Tough Economy

With the gloomy economic forecasts of late and the jittery drift of the stock market, many of us are worrying that we’ll see our 401(k)s shrink into 201(k)s!

The timing couldn’t be worse with the holidays just around the corner.

Cheer up though – there’s a silver lining. This year we have the perfect excuse to scale back on the holiday spending spree, once and for all.

“What kind of humbug is that?” you ask.

Fear not! I’m not suggesting we abandon gift-giving entirely, but that we return to basics and emulate our thrifty ancestors by making as many of our gifts as possible.

With a bit of determination and your creative ability, you may be surprised at what you can create on a limited budget.

With only about 65 days until Christmas, there’s not a minute to lose! Begin by making your list and dividing it into gender and age groups. It will save you time and money. For example, if you decide that all of the teenage girls will be getting handcrafted bracelets, you can buy the supplies in bulk, and work on the pieces in an assembly-line fashion.

To further economize, visit the Dollar Store for your wrapping materials. They have a wonderful assortment of papers, gift bags, tags and ribbons; and there’s nothing more festive than a beautifully wrapped gift!

You may be surprised to see more smiles than ever this year, as you present your special handmade treasures. And, who knows, it could just be that you’ll have started a new “back to basics” tradition in your family!

©2008 Bead Happily Ever After


Holiday Gifts in a Tough Economy — 17 Comments

  1. What a great idea! I should do that! Now if i could find my needle & take up cross stitch again, i may be just in time to make gifts for the coming christmas……..

  2. I am trying to stretch my dollars this year, too. I love the Dollar Tree and find many an alterable item that I can craft into something hopefully spectacular, lol.

    carolyn s

    ceashark at aol dot com

  3. What a timely and sadly needed message. I loved your idea about finding wrapping materials at dollar stores. I had not thought of that. Thanks!


  4. I love the idea of making gifts. It is something we already do, but probably will do more this year!

  5. I’ve always wanted to have a totally hand-made Christmas. But unfortunately have never done it. Wouldn’t have the time to do it. This economy has forced me to do a few hand made home made items.

  6. I really love that bracelet! Sometimes I make gifts, but most of the time they are to give as additional presents, along with the other store bought things. I always make cookies though, and I give them out to everyone in pretty holiday tins! Last year was a big rum ball year! Paulette :o)

  7. Handmade gifts are special. They give a personal touch. Who ever gets such a gift also gets the warmth and affection. Not just on Christmas, but on any special occasion we could make something and gift it. The pleasure of both giving and receiving such gift will be different and would form a long lasting memory.

  8. You are always full of fabulous ideas! I am not too crafty, but I do like making gift wrapping very special! Thanks for the tips. Cindi

  9. Hi Carol!
    When I said my sweet regular readers – you are one of the ones I meant! I’m glad you just skimmed over the contest details, and it’s easy to see how you missed my line that says there are really “156 days” til Christmas!!

    Whew!!! Thank heaven, right? 🙂

    ~Crystal xx

  10. We’ve actually always been frugal on holidays – we give the gift of time. My cousin gives my daughter a day out, usually going to the pottery painting store or a craft store then heading back to my grandma’s to do some scrapbooking. Some get restaurant gift certificates, others amusement parks, and yet others movies… and no matter what it ends up being a great memory!

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