On a discussion over at The Homeschool Lounge I posted these ideas for thoughtful presents that don’t cost a lot, or take a lot to make that we can give to friends or colleagues.  Maybe you have some other ideas you can share.

– a decorated notebook / journal. You can cover it with brown paper or wrapping paper, use scrapbooking supplies to tizzy it up – flat silk flowers, ribbon, raffia, stickers, print something from the computer.

– I think baked goodies on a paper plate with celephane paper wrapping is just fine (you don’t have to go the whole way with fancy tins or plates). Don’t do lots of recipes – just one – either a caramel, or shortbread etc. Don’t go fancy – just something with love.

– A pot plant? Can you start growing something now from your garden. This may not be a happening thing when Christmas is in winter in your part of the world. But it is a cheap present in my part of the world.

– Ha!! this idea will have to remain a secret because it was what is on my gift list for my mother and mother in law and they both read my blog!!

– Friends have given me a nice teatowel, and a few packets of flower seeds for a present which was nice. (not sure of the seasons once again)

– Aprons

– My mum gives a nice calendar each year to a family  friend. I use the calendars from www.characterfirst.com when I give calendars at Christmas time

– A Christmas decoration

– Scented candles

– Download an audio story and burn it to a cd for them.

It is a good exercise to think through some little presents. I think we often go overboard and there is no need.

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