Are you struggling to figure out what to give someone this year? Do you still need some gifts but ran out of money? Do you have people on your list who have everything and you have no clue what to get them? If you are in any of these predicaments, then I have some ideas for you to consider for some frugal, many almost free, gifts.
Coupons for Chores
Why not think about giving your family or friends coupons for chores. You could give them for washing dishes, cleaning the house, washing a car, shoveling snow, etc. Just think what that person might need help with and that is probably a perfect gift. If you have a special talent, like piano, sewing, or cooking, consider giving lessons to someone to help them develop those talents. Coupons can easily be made on a computer or you could even make one handwritten with a handmade card.
Deliver a Meal
Cooking always takes time for busy people and makes a great gift. Why not deliver a meal to a family to enjoy. You might want to see if the family has anything they really enjoy eating and things they cannot eat. You could also make a coupon to give to the family for a later delivery. It’s always nice to know something is coming later.
Re-gift Unused Media
I’m a bookworm and I have lots of books that I have read sitting around that I never plan to read again. Why not take those and re-gift them to someone who would enjoy reading them. You can also do this with DVD movies, music, or games you no longer use. These items may just be the perfect gift for someone who loves media and it will also get clutter out of your home. You could create a special package of your very own to give the gift in. Be creative!
Baked Goods and Candy
If you already make lots of baked goods and candies during the holiday season, why not consider making a little more and giving them as gifts. People with a sweet tooth love getting these gifts. Just package them in a nice container with a bow and you have a really inexpensive gift. This year, I’m making loaves of bread and jars of jelly for my family members.
Use your Stockpile
I really like to get free and really low priced items using coupons and store reward programs. I stockpile these for later use. These items make really nice basket items. I have given razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, candles, and household cleaners. It all depends on what kind of items you stockpile as to what you can give as a gift.
Homemade Recipe Books
Do you have favorite recipes that you cook for your family? Do you think that your family and friends would enjoy them? You can easily type your favorite recipes on the computer and then compile them in a book. Many dollar stores have notebooks or report binders for a reasonable price that would work perfect for these books. If you do not have access to a computer you could buy a small notebook and handwrite your recipes in it. While this takes longer, some people really enjoy having recipes that are personalized in that way.
I like to give framed pictures of my kids from school that year for Christmas. These make perfect gifts for grandparents. I have found picture frames at the Dollar Tree for $1.00. This year, we made our own family picture. It turned out very nice and we found a deal for printing the pictures for $0.10 a print. This made these gifts affordable.