Tip 1: Simplify
Instead of giving more knick-knacks and toys, consider gifts that impact others, like a donation to a mission field, or a homeless shelter.
Encourage your kids to get involved. Organizations like Samaritan’s Purse and Heifer International provide great opportunities for children (and adults) to practice selflessness. Plus, kids enjoy choosing the livestock that will be donated to people in poverty-ridden areas. For example, $20 buys a flock of chickens for a struggling family.
Tip 2: Organize
My mother would rather stroll barefoot across broken glass than wrap presents. Clever Mama uses gift bags instead.
But if you enjoy creating oui la la present presentations, set up a gift wrapping station. Gather paper, scissors, tissue, bows, ribbons, snazzy pens, gift tags and tape. Lots of tape. Hands-free pop-up tape dispensers speed up the process and make wrapping easier. Using double-sided tape adds a professional finish.
Attach jingle bells, silk flowers, cookie cutters, or tiny toys (think Hot Wheels) to the outside of your wrapped gifts for extra oomph. To save money, rummage through your odds and ends to find them. A bit of fresh cut evergreen looks festive and smells great on a package. Just don't steal it from your neighbor's yard.
Click here for Do it on a Dime's wrapping hacks, or check out HGTV's tips to make a gift bag, create pocket gift wrap, and wrap cylinders.
Need more inspiration? Country Living shares 44 unique wrapping ideas.
Tip 3: Save Money
Kids crave quality time, even those who won't admit it.
Instead of buying your children yet another toy or electronic device, would you give them the gift of your time?
The fully-invested, phone put away, non-texting, connected-with-them time?
Start by asking your children what they’d like to do.
They might want a family activity. Or time alone with you. Or riding lessons on a pink unicorn, so set a budget in advance.
To save $$$, research free and low cost outings in your community, like discount days at children’s museums.
If your budget is near zero, make a pre-list in advance to jump-start your children’s imaginations.
- Sledding in the moonlight.
- Hiking in the woods.
- A winter picnic in the park.
- Ice skating
- Bonfire with marshmallow roast.
Time spent creating beautiful memories outshines any purchased present. May your family be blessed with the gift of love!