At Essentials, we’re all about saving money. We say, this festive season, change things up and buy or make gifts on a budget.
It’s hard enough trying to choose the perfect gift for your friends and family members, having to worry about how much it’s going to dent your wallet is a whole other issue! Eunice Sibiya, Head of Consumer Education at FNB, says that “the biggest difficulty around making the change to giving inexpensive gifts, is managing the expectations of the receivers.”
Eunice suggests a few great ways to spoil your loved ones without breaking bank.
Gifts for kids
It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed when shopping for young ones. We suggest the following DIY ideas that they’ll love just as much as another toy:
- Grab a jar, scrub the label off, fill it with homemade treats and tie a ribbon around it. Voilà!
- Make your own homemade snow globes — it’s easier than you think!
- Make an outdoor swing. You’ll need rope, a piece of wood and a sturdy tree!
- Plan ahead and build your own folding tent. What kid wouldn’t love this?
- Try your hand at making some simple stuffed toys with felt — we’ve got a mouse and teddy to start you off.
The great thing about these people in your life is that they rarely expect anything at Christmas time, and if they do, it’s usually the thought that counts. We suggest the following:
- Consider baking them some sweet treats or making some chutney, they’ll appreciate the time and effort. We’ve got 20 edible gift ideas that are budget friendly and delicious.
- Plants can be a great, inexpensive way, to spoil your gardener friends. If you have a bit of time, you could even grow something from scratch. Once you’ve got your plant, make it look amazing by popping it in a jar with layers of sand and pebbles, like this pretty succulent in a jar.
Gifts for partners
The plus side of being in a relationship is that you can be honest with each other as to how much you’re going to spend. Feel free to share these ideas with your partner as well:
- Write down their favourite activities and plan a day out with just the two of you.
- There are loads of online pages where you can make your very own calendar by simply uploading photographs. We’ll let you decide on the PG rating.
- Get a wooden box and print out a few pictures you have with them. Stick them on the box, use Mod Podge to paint over it, and you’ll have a desk photo cube! Or get crafty with these personalised tiles — they make awesome coasters.
- Prepare their favourite meal for them; starters, dessert, the works! The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all.
Teachers do an often thankless job, plus they put up with our kids all year! We think that deserves a special gift that’s handmade with love.
- Don’t stress, we’ve got this one covered with 10 amazing handmade gifts to give teachers.
Wrap it up
Don’t forget that wrapping, gift cards and tags can all add up too. Don’t save money buying gifts on a budget only to waste it on wrapping (which usually just gets thrown away). Rather download these free gift tags (or even bake your own gift tags) and use our DIY gift wrapping ideas.