December: ‘Tis the Season to be Thrifty

It’s here people: the season to be jolly while you stress about what to get everyone for Christmas.

What are your thoughts on Christmas? Personally I do have a fondness for the season, but that probably has more to do with my love of food than anything else. Gift buying is another issue. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy getting people gifts, it is by far one of the best aspects of Christmas Day to finally reveal that perfect item that you have found for someone. But, having lately been a post-grad student (for the last six years), even if I find the perfect gift my budget usually does not stretch to accommodate it.

It’s the ultimate frustration; you want to give great gifts, but the lint in the bottom of your pocket will barely stretch to a cheapo stocking filler. The guilt is even worse when people ask what you would like yourself. How can I ask for something nice when I cannot reciprocate?

Well, luckily our family is of the artsy persuasion. So a few years ago my aunts and I all resolved to give each other handmade gifts. As it turned out, I was the only one that fully followed through with this idea, however, it was such a success that I have continued with this ever since. Now you may be thinking, was it really a success? Weren’t people just being nice? But even several years on my cousins are still asking for a repeat gift of the Hot Chocolate mix that I made. So it really can be a great alternative to trudging the shop aisles relentlessly trying to find a gift that doesn’t look like it only cost you a few pounds/dollars.

Well this year, now I have this blog up and running, I want to share with you how to make a range of thoughtful but thrifty gifts for you loved ones this Christmas. So make sure you keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram, or hit subscribe in the sidebar so you don’t miss a single gift idea.

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