Fun and Frugal gift ideas
At the end of every month. Mr. BigTime and I sit down and have a budget meeting for the following month. We have a category called “Non-Christmas Gifts.” In this category we budget for things such as birthdays, graduations, weddings, babies, basically any type of gift outside of Christmas. The most frequent gifts we give are birthday gifts.
Here are some ideas for frugal birthday gifts:
Home baked goods: It’s so fun to find out your friend’s favorite type of dessert and make it for their birthday! It shows that you put lots of time and thought into making a delicious treat for them to enjoy! The fastest way to most people’s heart are through their stomachs 😉 The following is a cream cheese coffee cake I recently made. I will be sharing the recipe on Monday.
Framed pictures: Most people don’t have enough time to go out and frequently print and frame their own pictures, so why not do it for them as a gift? I love it when I receive these as gifts because they are little memory stamps that also help decorate my condo. It usually takes under 12 cents to print the picture and you can easily buy a 4 x 6 frame for under $10.
Photo albums: I have made several of my friends small 4 x 6 photo albums for less then $20. I sign up to receive multiple e-mails from various online photo album makers. When it’s time to make one, I browse through the different offers and coupons that have recently been sent to me and choose the most thrifty option. It can be a little bit time consuming, but friends LOVE it!!!
Magazine subscriptions: Another gift idea that you can purchase for under $20! I have recently been purchasing magazine subscriptions from the Frugal Girls website. Heidi from Frugal Girls will periodically have a great magazine on sale for $5 for a year’s subscription! I have purchased both Shape Magazine and Rachael Ray’s Magazine for $5! One of the neat things of giving a magazine subscription is that it’s a year-long gift and your friend will be reminded of you every time it comes in their mail. One of my favorite magazine’s to give is Sunset Magazine
Questions for you: What is the etiquette for gift giving? Is it inappropriate to give a meaningful present that doesn’t cost a ton of money? What are your expectations when you receive gifts? Any frugal ideas for gifts?
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