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Low-Cost {If Not Free} Holiday Gifting Ideas

November 1st, 2013

By Tammi Roy

The holiday season is upon us and the time is now to think of gifts for loved ones. Don't let breaking the bank damper the spirit this season!

You can decrease the costs when it comes to gifting and not feel like a scrooge.

DIY gifts really are the best ways to show you care. They represent thoughtfulness, a genuine present just for the intended recipient. With DIY gifts, you can really give what a person needs though they may never say they've actually wanted it.

All you have to do is think about the person, their lifestyle and what would truly make them happy. Combine that with your own creative juices, and you have a wonderful gift that is fractions less than buying one in store. Plus, one that is a lot more meaningful 

What to give and to whom? Here is a list of the top low-cost {even free} gifts; they are sure to be absolutely perfect for someone you know.

A helping hand - The elderly to the new mother would love to get a shovel-the-sidewalk offer. While they may never ask someone to do it for them, it's not only a brilliant surprise but a relief that they won't have to do it themselves. After you've shovelled, leave a nice card or a thermos of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Think of your own skills and what you have to offer, whether it be home repairs, photography or sewing. 

Yummy treats - Who can say no to homemade goodies wrapped nicely with a bow? Even bakers themselves need a night off, best enjoyed on an especially hectic day or shared with friends. Again, add a gift tag with sweet words of's sure to make an impression. Think of what your signature recipe is  and share it with friends.

Free babysitting - there's nothing parents need more from time to time than a night off. Hiring a sitter can get expensive and perhaps they don't like asking favours from friends and family. Instead, insist they make plans and have fun, while you watch the kids for an evening.

Pair low cost items - If the price tag on a bigger present is making you faint, consider pairing smaller low cost items and make your own themed gift basket. Suggestions include: Movie Night at Home - DVD, bag of popcorn and candy for a Movie Night, or Spa Day - soap, candles and a good book.

Give memories - Think of a photo that would mean a lot to them and gift in a nice frame. It could be the kids’ photo or even one from their favourite getaway years ago. These days most people’s photos are digital; less and less are being printed and displayed on the wall. Time to give those memories that they can enjoy even without a gadget in hand!

Tammi is the mom of three girls (twins plus one) and is passionate about photography, food and travel (with luck, all at once). Her thoughts on parenthood and all the chaos in between can be found on her popular parenting blog, My Organized Chaos. While has been widely recognized as a leading Canadian woman in social media, she is an ordinary mom often found pacing the kitchen wondering what to cook for dinner.

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