Money-saving gifts for everyone on your list

No matter the occasion, choosing the ideal gift for someone you care for can be a challenging task, especially if you are low with cash. Even though it is always better to give than to receive, when money is tight this can be a hard issue. However, there is no need to get stressed since there are some fun and lucrative ways you can get or make the perfect gift for any occasion and put a smile on that person’s face. If you are aiming to save money and still get an engaging gift, here is a list that will help you achieve just that.

A memorable slideshow

If your mom’s, boyfriend’s or any other person’s birthday is approaching, you can gather up some riveting and loving pictures that you have and make a fun and moving video slideshow. Operating a programme for creating a slide show with pictures is rather easy. Pick out pictures from early times, for instance, baby photos or first kiss or pictures from first date night and then move up forward. Write some touchy captions, add music and fun movie effects. Get prepared to see some tears dropping. 

A tasty homemade delight

Nobody would say no to a healthy tasty treat that you have made with your hands. Even if you are not skilled in baking or cooking, baking a cake or making crispy and delicious cookies will undoubtedly melt everybody’s heart. What is more, homemade delights are always better than buying something from the store, plus, at home you probably have flour, sugar, and milk, so it is also a frugal gift.

 

Give a long-lasting memory

To birthday gifts for a person close to you can be a rather daunting task because you want them to use it for a long time and not to fade away or get thrown away in the basement. Some of the most meaningful gifts don’t require spending hundreds of dollars, on the contrary, all it requires is a little bit of imagination. Photo gifts or photo albums are meaningful, creative, and everlasting. Make an interesting frame to place the photo or a heart-shaped photo collage for which you only need paper glue and patience.

My son and I collected shells from the beach during the Summer break and we embellished plain photo frames with them to turn them into perfect gifts for our family and friends.

Think out of the box

Be original and unique even on a tight budget by giving a gift that would stand out from all the rest. Write a poem or lyrics to a song, and if you don’t know how to play the guitar or the piano, ask your friend to create tunes and play the song for you. You can bake cookies and ice them with a special note and put them in a DIY gift box. Make a craft jewellery box out of cardboard paper or a picture album which is certainly handy and useful.

 

Give an experience

Very often a person on your list doesn’t need some object or piece of clothing, and time spent doing something fun together can be more worthy and superb than any gift. Consider going on a picnic together, watch a move in a drive-in, spend a day at the beach or the mountain, take a trip to an amusement park or an aqua park. Your time and devotion don’t cost a thing, but when you cherish your special person for a whole day, that can leave a trace in their hearts.

An enticing book

There isn’t a single person who would say no to a good book. Books don’t have an expiration date, plus they can be cheap. You can go to a used bookstore and get a second-hand book with and engaging title. Second-hand books are often just as good as new ones, or even better. Furthermore, some second-hand stores sell sturdy hardcover cover books for less money then the paperback versions which would cost much more if you were to buy brand new.

 

Go to the shop to search for sales, pay close attention to bargains, visit secondhand stores, or get down on business and make a great gift on your own. There are plenty of ways to save money and get a great gift, all it takes is time and patience.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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