By Debbie Haar
It's never too early to think about Christmas. In this economy it pays to think ahead. There are lots of ways to give special Christmas gift without going broke. The best gifts are the ones that have more thought put into them and come from the heart.
One idea for a gift would be a baked good. Who doesn't like receiving homemade cookies, breads or cakes?! You could wrap the breads in the colorful cellophane that's now available. You could package cookies in goodies gift boxes, tins, bags, trays or baskets adding your own decorations for that special touch.
Another great gift is a gift basket. You could put together a basket with candy, fruit, baked goods or just about anything. You can make it a theme or mix it up. Baskets aren't the only thing you can use. You could decorate a box or Christmas gift basket bag. Mugs, sundae dishes, or beach buckets make great individual gifts especially for kids. Add your touches and colored cellophane to finish it off.
Making an ornament is definitely a personal touch. You can get Styrofoam balls or shapes and add sequins and beads with pins. Painted ornaments are another way to go. They can be personalized. There are kits available at craft stores for making ornaments of wood or ceramic. This is ideal for kids.
Beaded jewelry and accessories make good gifts anytime of year. You could make earrings, necklaces, or bracelets. Craft stores have earring wires, beads, beading wires, and clasps that are inexpensive. It's cheaper than buying jewelry already made and you can make several pieces with the supplies you buy. You can get key rings or clips to make keychains with beads. If you're creative you could make belts, hair clips or anything you can imagine.
There are many ways to put together gifts at affordable prices. I hope I have helped with a few of my Christmas gift idea. Christmas should be a fun time instead of being stressful and financially draining. Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends.
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