Here are a few things that I am doing this holiday season to tell my loved ones how much I love them with a little money but a lot of thought.
1) Random Thank You Cards-
Cost: About $5.00 and postage (if needed)
What I Did: I picked up some festive thank you cards from the store the other day. Right before I know I am about to see my family member or friend, I grab one of my thank you cards and jot down things that I am thankful for about them. I make sure I am specific about what I love about them or what I am thankful for. The surprise and the words always bring them a smile.
2) My Christmas News Letter
Cost: Virtually free beyond postage and envelopes
What I Did: Every year, I am sure to write a warm Christmas news letter to our closest friends and family since we don’t get to see them regularly. I update them on our lives and remind them that they are loved by us. A note or news letter is more personal than just a card or picture with signed names. News letters leave people feeling special and included in our lives.
3) Hand Painted Wine Glasses (Candles and Coffee Mugs!)
Cost: $5.00-$10.00 for a set of 2 or 4 wine glasses and $15 for paint and supplies
What I Did: I am not a crafty person, but when my mother-in-law just visited, we flipped through a Christmas craft book I was given years ago from a dear friend. We were trying to find inexpensive crafts you can make for gifts. Well, we found one! We picked up some wine glasses and glass paint at the local craft store, and this Christmas I am painting wine glasses with spiritual words and art to give to my parents. I also did a hand-painted candle for my grandmother (and she just loved it) for just $6.00! I plain on trying this on coffee mugs next!
4) An Inscription in a Special Book
Cost: Price of book ($10.00-$20.00)
What I Did: A thoughtful book is a great gift that keeps giving over the years, but what puts the book choice over the top is an endearing inscription for your loved one inside. Mitch Albom books (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith) are wonderful books for the holidays since they are very spiritual, family-oriented experiences. Coupling this sort of book with a sincere inscription inside will let your family member or friend know their special for years to come.
Hopefully some of these ideas are helpful to you, but at the very least maybe they’ll inspire you to get creative, save money, and most importantly, tell the people in your life how much you love them!
Please enjoy and share your creative, inexpensive ideas for gifts that say “I love you” this holiday season.