Gifts on a Budget
Start with a budget and know who you are buying for before making an impulse purchase. It’s a good idea to make a list and a target price for each person. Obviously, you aren’t going to spend more money on teacher gifts than you would spend on parent gift.
Photo gifts make great inexpensive gifts when you pair a photo print sale with a dollar store picture frame. As the holidays get closer, we will see a ton of photo deals. One of my favorite photo ideas is to get 120 pictures developed of photos from each month. Purchase small wooden door knobs (3) at Home Deopot or Lowes and place double sided tape on the back of each door knob. Tie a string around each knob and clip pictures using clothing clips on each side of the string. Place complete project in box or cute gift bag. This gift will cost under $10 and is unique way to display pictures. Kids can also paint on door knobs to make it more personable.
If you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving think about purchasing a yearly magazine subscription. Discountmags.com and magazines.com offer a wide range of subscriptions at a discounted price. After purchasing the yearly subscription, create a word document with the information about the magazine subscription, print the certificate and purchase a copy of the magazine. Roll the magazine with the certificate and tie a ribbon about the two. I am sure you will be thanked 12 times throughout the year.
A gift basket is another inexpensive gift that can be made at home. Purchase bulk popcorn, nuts, chocolate covered pretzels, m&m’s or any of your favorite snacks in bulk and separate the snacks into smaller bags to place in basket or recycled small tote bag. These are great teacher gifts. Rather than buying a gift basket like this from the local candy store for about $25, why not create it at home for under $5 per bag. The best part about this gift is that you can crate multiple baskets with the same snacks.
Remember that at this time of year, it’s really the thought that counts. Some of the most meaningful gifts are given on a budget.