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|Wed, 10-03-2012 - 10:30am|
In one of my posts, I talked about Christmas gifts and how I like to give gifts. A discussion ensued and that night, I stayed up for a few hours thinking about how to bring my limit down. I came up with one handmade gift idea (the picture frame and inside the picture frame, taking the person's name and using each letter to describe them). I came up with several more handmade gift ideas for various other people and then, lastly, I convinced myself to give my dad and stepmom a handmade gift as well.
One of the gifts is flower pens. My friend gave my daughter one a few months ago and I fell in love with it. All you do is get some silk flowers, take the flower off, hot glue gun it to the top, and then wrap green flower tape around it. I was able to get the silk flowers on sale and the green tape was super cheap. Then I bought pens at 10 for 79 cents. Then all I have to do is go to the dollar store and get some dollar vases and viola! a pretty little boquet of flower pens.
In my house, I just happened to already have two picture frames which works perfectly becasue the name idea I had was going to go to my two aunts. I wanted to decorate the frames a bit thoughs so I went to Michaels and I found a box of 4 little plastic butterflies - 2 purple and 2 blue. It was on the 75% off rack and you can't go wrong with that. Well, when I went to one of those scanners to see the actual price, it was one cent. Yes, you read that correctly - once cent. I cannot even buy penny candy for one cent! So I went home and hot glue gunned one of each color to opposing corners of the picture frames.
Now one of my biggest spending areas has always been eating out. Since I gave up eating out for a few months, I now have to up my grocery bill but I'm still saving money. I get this from my dad, though. He and my stepmother order out constantly. It was worse before he retired but they are still bad. I had given then one gift like this before but only for one night. This time, I'm going to buy (or make, having decided yet) a calendar and give them one homemade meal a month. It works out really well becuase all I have to do is buy a little extra and give it to them but I can still do it cheaply - stews and soups during the winter, a few barbecues of burgers and hot dogs during the summer, some breakfasts for dinner. Cheap!
My brother and my sister in law just got married in September and I still have all the invites from their showers and I think I have their favor laying around. I am thinking about getting a shadow box and making one for them (and Michael's always coupons so that will be a cheap gift). I also have some clay at home and was thinking of seeing if I could make a clay cat for them and paint it in a way that it looks like their cat that passed away this year. My brother loved that cat so much that when he got married and they mentioned the people that had passed, he even mentioned the cat. awwwww So I know he would appreciate that.
My uncle is going to get a gift card. I cannot think of anything to give him.
Last but definitely not least are my mom and stepdad. I'm still working on their gifts.
My daughter's budget will remain the same as will my stepdaughters, and 2 nephews. Hubby and I don't exchange gifts.
I started out with an idea of $350 for everyone else but the kids. Now I think I can do it all for well under $100.
Thanks again for being the voice in the back of my head!