In this country, we love our gift-giving holidays, especially birthdays and Christmas.
It’s not uncommon for some families to spend $2000-$3000 on gifts. A few hundred on each kid. A few hundred to one another. Then you add up all the miscellaneous gifts you give out – a birthday card to your niece, a tip for your mailman, maybe a Secret Santa at the office – and suddenly you’ve drained your bank account.
By the time many people pay off their holidays, it’s that time a year again, which just creates a cycle of debt. Only the credit card companies win: they get a year’s worth of interest every year.
Handmade gifts are an excellent way to give out gifts all year long while sticking to a reasonable budget. They’re usually inexpensive; they just take time. If you make a multiple pieces or a large batch, you can give them out whenever you like.
For example, you could knit sweaters throughout the year and even personalize them to people’s tastes. You could bake a holiday batch of your famous muffins or cookies or baklava – anything you’re good at. (Keep in mind that people love food).
If you aren’t good at making one thing in particular, you could use this as an opportunity to learn something new each year. Maybe these year everyone gets homemade candles for their birthdays and holidays. Next year learn to make your own homemade soap. The year after, built scrapbooks.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to gift-giving, but you don’t have to break the bank.
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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