Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Frugal Christmas

Fall has just begun and I'm already thinking about Christmas. Probably because here in Florida we have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer, and Christmas. It sneaks up on you and then it's here. This year in particular I have some reflections to do concerning our Christmas budget.

In our 2 plus years of marriage, DH and I share all our budget concerns, questions and decisions. We talk about all our purchases and make decisions together. So in the past 2 years, we set a Christmas budget of whom we will purchase gifts for, how much we will spend per person and whom we will make a baked good for (generally non-family members).

This year, the budget looks to be especially tight since I have come home to be with Pearl and DH is in his final year of graduate school.

I'm looking to make a signature baked good to give to friends: probably this one.

As for family members who will receive a gift, I've been brainstorming. I'm thinking about working with an online photo site to creat calendars for our parents of baby Pearl (As grandparents, I don't think this one will fail:) The good thing is you can get a discount when you purchase more than one calendar.

But do you have ideas of frugal Christmas presents? Gifts you've given in the past or hope to do in the future?

3 comments:

andnotbysight said...

Oooh, all I have to say about the chocolate chip pumpkin bread is "yum." I gave some extremely frugal Christmas presents in the years I was in school. I made flavored olive oil in a pretty bottle once (I even looked the recipe up in a bookstore--pre-Internet). I also bought everyone a cool book from a used bookstore one year. And when I was a kid, we always made gifts for the family--usually Christmas ornaments, but one year we made coasters (Dad cut dowel rods into slices and we glued them together--those were pretty cool) and another year we made nativity sets (with plaster-of-Paris molds).

a thorn in the pew said...

I buy gifts throughout the year to save money. I shop mostly online and found a great site called SOrt Floor Books that has hardcover books, coffee table books, etc for $2 and under. This will be tight for my kids this year so I stocked up on books so it will look like a lot but I saved and was thrifty. I also make totes for the women in the family on my sewing machine. I make homemade biscotti for friends at church and school. I have some great online recipes if you would like some.

Jackie Parkes said...

Great post!