Here are some ideas for giving gifts that are valuable — but not expensive.
Consider holding a White Elephant party for family and friends. At a white elephant party, everyone brings something they already own — often something funny like an old piece of clothing that is really outdated, or a silly photograph. This is also a great way to “re-gift” something that you received in the past but that you’ve never used. The time you spend together laughing is really the best gift you’ll give or get this year!
Agree to do something together. Instead of wrapping a gift, share an invitation to go someplace special together. A walk in the park, a picnic, a ride around a neighborhood with Christmas lights. Decorate the invitation so it feels like a gift — you can even put it in a box or gift bag.
Hold a toy, clothes and/or book exchange for kids. Get together with friends and family to exchange kids’ clothing, toys and books. Limit the exchange to items that are “gently used,” and have some extra parents on hand to watch the kids in another room. Alternately visit the Garage Sale on NE Martin Luther King to find affordable second-hand gifts.
Create a personalized coupon or coupon book. Offer to watch a friend’s child, wash your mom’s car, paint your aunt’s nails, or give your niece a makeover.
Teach someone a new skill. Do you text? Use Facebook? Have an email account? Teach an older relative how to get started using modern communication! Show them how to create a profile, select a hard-to-guess password, and strike the right tone.
Make something. Draw a picture, write a letter, bake a mini-loaf of bread. melt old crayons and mold them into candles, or a create heart-felt card. Find art supplies dirt cheap at Scrap on NE Martin Luther King.