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)
– 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.