Celebrating Christmas on a budget, a zero budget to be exact.
Now if you are going to continue reading this blog post, you must first agree to not tell my husband or children anything about this blog post. Only my oldest son reads my blog, so I won’t be mentioning any of his gift ideas.
Normally celebrating Christmas on a budget consists of money for gifts, cards, and special food. I am skipping Christmas cards this year and special food. We might be able the week of Christmas to use money from our normal grocery budget for some fun food.
Since I usually start Christmas shopping in September, we have already discussed how we are doing things differently this year. “The Great Christmas Challenge of 2013” spend no money on gifts for the family. Items in the house or sheds currently not being used can be repurposed into gifts. We will give one gift to each person. Group efforts can be combined.
I am thinking about awarded prizes; categories for most unique, most practical, most creative, and most meaningful.
Celebrating Christmas on a Budget: Gift Ideas
- DIY Calendars. One son loves New York City, I have downloaded 12 photos of the New York that I will use for each month of his calendar. I have another son who loves the Navy. I have downloaded 12 photos of battleships for each month of his calendar. This is how I put my blogging talents to work, clipart and creating notebook pages.
- Funny Sayings in Picture Frames. Once again making words pretty and framing them makes a nice simple gift.
- Star Trek Terrarium. I had a photo of my husband from when our family had a Star Trek Themed Party. I took an extra photo and added some great miniatures to a terrarium. I used some paint to write “Resistance is Futile” on the top.
- 10 Things I love about you book. I am planning some one on one time with each of my boys to make one of these books for their father.
- Chocolate spoons. Finally something to do with the left over chocolate from our last craft and that half open box of plastic spoons.
- Dollar Bill art I do have some $1 bills in a jar in my bedroom. I am sure all of my kids would love this gift.
- Repaired broken toy. My motto, if the toy is broken throw it out. Well my son loves his war toys, one day his model army fort broke beyond my repair. He sadly threw out. My husband retrieved it from the trash and is secretly making repairs to it.
- Fishing tackle. Over the years my husband has acquired more fishing tackle then a fisherman can use in one lifetime. He is going to thin out his fishing supplies and give each kids some new fishing equipment.
- Knitting scarfs. My daughter can knit, I am sure something knitted will be under my tree.
- Gluten, Dairy Free snacks. I am sure my daughter has something yummy planned to share with the family. She has such a gift in the kitchen.
- DIY Coffee Mug. Using sharpie markers and ceramics coffee mugs, the kids can decorate some special mugs.
Celebrating Christmas on a Budget: No wrapping paper
Oh we haven’t bought wrapping paper or gift bags in about 8 years. Years ago a lady from church gave us a huge box of material. It was a mix and match of prints and colors. I decided to teach my son how to sew straight lines.
Since I am not gifted in sewing you might need to read some more detailed sewing lessons on how to make Homemade Fabric Christmas Bag.
I simplified the directions by folding the material in half and using pinking shears to cut the top. Then we only had to sew the 2 sides. We would fold the material inside out, sew the two sides then cut the top. Flip the bags right side out and move onto the next bag. We created bags in different sizes based on the material we were given. I didn’t worry about have certain sizes.
The bags have now become part of our family tradition.
Celebrating Christmas on a Budget: Calendar of Christmas Story
We enjoyed each day last year reading scripture verses on the birth of Jesus, that I have updated our December calendar for 2013.
For whatever reason you find your budget stretched, I pray a glimpse into how my family is celebrating Christmas on a budget helps get your creative thoughts moving.
I am so excited to see what creative things my family will come up with!
If you are looking for more ideas on gift giving…hop over and visit my friends at iHomeschoolnetwork. They have posts on science gift ideas to gift ideas to bless single moms.