One of my favorite Christmas gifts was the first one my daughter made for me. To be honest, I am still not 100% certain what it was. It looked like it wanted to be a mug when it grew up but somehow morphed into a mug with a small bowl slated on one side with bumps. My daughter was so proud of her accomplishment and had the expectant look of, “Of course, you know what this is and how to use it,” so I did not have the heart to ask and this interesting interpretation of what a mug is has sat in a box for years.
As I think about the gift, I realize that the best gifts for many people can cost little to nothing. As you start to think of what to get people for Christmas, do not undervalue the gifts that cost little. Here are a few ideas:
Certificates for free babysitting, home repairs, etc: Those of us that have kids know the value of a date night and the expense of hiring a babysitter. Getting a gift of free babysitting is a wonderful way to give couples a night off or to give a single mom a much deserved break. Are you handy, sew or have a valuable skill or talent? Consider donating your skills as a gift. It will be much appreciated.
Family pictures in an inexpensive frame: When you have kids, this is a gold mine. You can find some great frames at dollar or thrift stores or you can get creative and inexpensively create a picture frame. This makes a great family activity.
Baked goods: If you are a hidden “Betty Crocker,” consider whipping up your favorite yummy desserts and creatively package the delicious gifts.
Toy swap: If you have kids, we all know there are piles of toys in practically new condition sitting in the corner or under the bed. A friend of mine came up with the great idea of packaging the toys and swapping them as gifts for Christmas. It was an inexpensive way for us to give gifts to each other and we got rid of things our kids were not going to use anyway.
The gifts listed above are no to low cost and would be greatly appreciated. These are only a few items though so use your imagination to come up with more ideas. Remember, some of the most priceless gifts cost nothing.