December 2, 2014

5 Great Budget Friendly Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

5 Great Budget Friendly Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

After I wrote this list, I began thinking about the whole gift giving concept at Christmas time. After all, the real reason of Christmas is the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. I mean, that holy night when Jesus was born didn't happen for future generations to go broke buying gifts or feel guilty if they didn't. No, that beautiful night happened because God sent His Son to earth to save us from our sins! The retail frenzy, along with other traditions like, Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, and Frosty the Snowmen was added much later. So, while this post is based around giving gifts, my hopes are that each of us keep our main focus at Christmas time on Jesus. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Listed below are just a few tips that I've found has be beneficial to me and hopefully will help you celebrate Christmas without going into debt too!

1. Use Cash, Not Credit!
If you don't have cash on hand or money in the bank to purchase an item, then just SAY NO to putting anything on a credit card. Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way. When I was around 21 years old, I was bombarded with credit card offers. I gladly excepted most of them without even paying attention to the interest rate. When Christmas rolled around that year, I showered all my family and friends with nice gifts. It was a wonderful feeling to give to them all, but then the credit card statements arrived. The consequences of buying all those gifts on just credit became a financial burden. It ended up taking almost two years to pay off my debt for that one Christmas shopping spree.

2. Give Baked Goods
My grandmother use to send us cookies every Christmas that she baked herself. We were never disappointed to open that box of delicious goodness! So, preheat that oven and bake up something yummy to give. 

3. Name Drawling For A Big Family
A friend of mine has a large amount of people in her family. I asked her how she can afford to provide gifts for everyone at Christmas. She explained that a name of each member of her family is put into a bowl (excluding the kids) and everyone draws a name. That one name that they pick is the only person that they buy for. What a brilliant way of gift giving for a big family!

4. Create Homemade Gifts
Bless others with your own personal touch. If you're the creative type, then work your magic and make something special to give. Need ideas? Check out Pinterest for many DIY gift projects.

5. Cards, Cards, and More Cards....
Sound like the cheapest way out? Well, it actually can be pretty sweet if you add a sentimental touch to it. Try writing a note in the card about how much that person means to you, how thankful you are to have them in your life, or just share a fun memory you have of them. Speaking from the heart is a WIN in my book!

Do you have any ideas that keeps your Christmas budget friendly? Please leave a comment below and share your tips with everyone.