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Thoughtful And inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas For Loved Ones
Good Gifts Need Not Be Expensive
For years, I've been under the impression that a gift needed to be expensive in order to be considered an awesome gift. I used to be able to get the best of the best of anything during the holiday season in order to try to show my loved ones that I cared about them. I am referring to my pre-'married with children' days when money fell out of the sky. Life was much simpler and I did not have as many obligations as I do now.
Nowadays, I can safely say that all of my past efforts were foolishly put to waste in the nature of their own materialism. It dawned on me one year when my wife and I were really pooged for money and we couldn't really afford to spend much on gifts. That year we had to get really creative with the few gifts that we gave out. Despite the budgetary restraints it was a very successful gift giving season and everyone was happy.
But how? How did we pull it off on our paltry budget?
Enter: The gift basket
Good Presentation Is Worth $100
You can have the coolest most expensive item you can imagine and give it to someone as a gift but if the wrapping is shitty or it's one of those cop-out gift bags with tissue paper stuffed in the top then it cheapens the experience for the recipient (unless it's an iPod). A good trick is to spend less than five bucks at the dollar store on a decorative straw basket, then shred some cheap gift wrap, place your thoughtful and affordable gift in the basket and wrap the whole thing in cellophane wrap. Many people will appreciate the thought you put into the gifts and the above mentioned wrapping job will showcase your thoughtfulness nicely.
Parents and Grand Parents especially enjoy receiving things in the form of a gift basket. You can fill them up full of their favorite things, from useful items to frivolous little niceties like fancy soaps or perfumes for the ladies, and perhaps cool shaving creams and brushes for the gentlemen.
What else qualifies as good, cheap gifts? I've once given an assortment of different Tassimo coffee's with much jubilation from the recipients who just happened to own a tassimo coffee maker. You can include gift cards to the person's favorite store, iTunes cards are a great option for teens who are into music and who already have an iPod. Themed gift baskets with $25 dollars or so toward a couple's favorite restaurant, along with a home-made babysitting voucher for the evening of the couple's choice would be an awesome gift that would be greatly appreciated for the parents of a young family. Know someone who loves movies? Yep, movie themed gift basket. Assorted flavors of gourmet popcorn (cheaper than it sounds), fake movie ticket stubs as décor, all showcasing the movie or gift card of your choice.
The beauty of all of the above ideas is that you have full control of how much you can spend on each gift. The three to five dollars per gift you will spend on the presentation will allow you to spend less money per present while still making the gift recipient feel like they are special and you care enough about them to put such thought and effort in their gift.