Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year for many people. Unfortunately, it can be one of the most stressful times as well, especially for people who are on tight budgets. If you are one of these individuals, do not fret.

There are many terrific gifts you can give to your loved ones without breaking your budget.


Gift Baskets

Gift baskets make great gifts, and you can make them with any theme you may choose. Simply start with an empty basket and fill it with various items of your choice. A popular choice is to create one containing various bath items such as body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, lotion and perfume or aftershave.

However, other items you may choose to fill a basket with include candles, incense, incense holders and potpourri. If you want to create a gift for a young child, you can fill the basket with such things as colouring books, crayons, small books, small puzzles and other cheap toys.

Coffee Mugs

For your coffee-loving friends or family members, a coffee mug can be a fantastic and affordable gift. Wrap it with a small jar of instant coffee inside, and your gift recipients are sure to love it. There are also many attractive and affordable mugs for you to choose among.

Coffee mugs make great gifts for people who do not like coffee as well. Simply fill the mug with two or three envelopes of hot chocolate and a sandwich bag full of miniature marshmallows. This type of present will be well-received by both adults and teens, alike.

Framed Pictures

If you have relatives or friends who live a great distance from you, one of the best presents you can give them is a framed picture. Grandparents will love receiving pictures of their grandchildren, or maybe you have a child who is away from home in college and is missing a pet. A framed picture of the pet will be a cherished gift, indeed.

There are many different frames you can choose, and you can even make your own if you wish. Another terrific idea is to create a collage of various pictures for a relative or friend who rarely sees you and your family. Add a short poem or other personal message for a perfect present that will be treasured for many years in the future.

Stationery Kits

Another perfect gift for people who live far away from you is a stationery kit. Fill a small box with such items as stationary pads, ink pens, envelopes and postage stamps. This is a fabulous way to encourage your friends and family to stay in touch with you even after the holidays are over.

Alternatives to the stationery kit are drawing or writing kits. Maybe you know someone who likes to draw or write poetry and/or short stories. If so, you can assemble a kit containing drawing pads, coloured pencils, chalk, erasers, ink pens, journals or notepads. Any creative person will love getting one of these kits for Christmas.

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Other Great Ideas

The above ideas are just a few of the wonderful gifts you can give to people during the holidays, without breaking your budget. Some other ideas include cheese and cracker sample kits, craft kits, mugs filled with candy, and small stuffed animals hugging a bottle of smellies.

The best thing about all of these gifts is that they can be customized to suit most any recipient, even co-workers, bosses and neighbours. Christmas is a time to enjoy being with your family and celebrate the blessings of life. Do not stress over gift-giving. When you take some time to be creative, you can find some terrific gifts to give your loved ones that will not put you into debt.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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