For those who love to give gifts but need low-budget ideas, the following are a few solutions. And there's no need to think cheap and chintzy. Just think fun and creative. Perhaps homemade cookies or candies are just not going to happen this year. That's okay! Or maybe an additional item or two could fit into that basket next to the peanut butter cookies and the chocolate-covered pretzels. No problem! There are endless possibilities for 'personal touch' gifts that let the recipients know they are loved.
For those who enjoy working in the kitchen, gifts like wooden spoons or cookie cutters attached to a color-coordinated hand towel can work great. Hand-written recipes are another way to personalize a gift on a budget. Include recipes of some favorite holiday dishes, like Grandma's famous apple pie, or Aunt Betty's cheese dip. Some recipes may lend themselves to even including the ingredients in a small gift basket or a canning jar with a decorated lid, like cookie recipes, German pancake recipes, soups, and so on. They make a beautiful presentation, with the recipe and instructions attached. Many of these ingredients may be things already stocked in the home. This makes for fast and easy assembly, and it is budget-friendly.
Also, there are a number of handmade gifts that can be created with a little more time and effort. Here are some ideas for fun and beautiful gifts that bring smiles:
Crocheted and Knitted Creations
All of these items may not cost much, but the love and effort that goes into making them is priceless. It's not how expensive the gift is, nor how big it is, but how much thought went into putting it together.
Those who receive a handmade gift will know that it was created just for them. It is personalized according to what they like to do, or their favorite colors. From simple to elaborate, handmade gifts can be treasured for years to come.