Buying something old or second hand
can be used for something
new and something special
We'll get kids out the way first!
Christmas has simply become a social commercial excuse for Manufacturers and loads of other business's to put prices up to the highest amount possible, take the money and run.
If you're like me and have a fairly large family with all the relating nephew's, niece's etc, buying for them all is going to be ridiculous unless you're loaded with cash!
Being frugal about gifts isn't about being a cheapskate, in so many ways it is returning to the true meaning of Christmas where cost doesn't enter into it, just the thought, the gesture and the feeling someone has received something personal to them.
Here's a few things I've done over the past seven years of downshifting.....
Taken a branch junction off a tree, removed the bark, varnished, then drilled holes for pens to be put in. A nice desk tidy and the receiver can be sure that no one else on this Planet has exactly the same!
Purchased pictures from Charity Shops, the one's with pictures no one buys, then taking it out, cleaning it up & putting a family or other personal photograph inside it.
When I've brought ornaments, I've always brought second hand. Why buy new when the look is the same to the right eye?
I've also made bars of Soap, Pendulums (see Hobbies and Interests) and Candles. The garden has produced sufficient to make Jams and Chutney's etc.
Finally, there's the wrapping of your Christmas Gifts. Days were when straight after all the opening, I'd get a bin bag and put everything in there or have a jolly good bonfire a couple of days later.
All this isn't just for those seeking a cheaper Christmas because they have to. Many people with a lot more money than us maybe do it. Why not, that's how they've got money and if the savings at Christmas can be used for a little extra on the summer holiday (adverts start about 6am on Christmas morning!!) - good show!
Nigel's Eco Store
Loads of eco-friendly gift ideas and a section of 'Under £10'! Have a look at the Eco-Kettle price!
It's not just frugal. It's going back to true Christmas meaning
Some ideas for less expensive presents.......
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