Christmas from Your Heart

It seems a lot of folks I talk with these days are having a hard time making ends meet.  In light of the current economic slow down and the “pressure” of Christmas shopping,  I was wondering if anyone out there has any creative gift giving advice?  One family I know, scrapped the whole gift exchange thing and instead pulled their resources together to bless another family.  Another friend is in a baking frenzy, giving home made gifts from the heart.  Do you have any ideas?  If so… please share them in the comments section!

4 thoughts on “Christmas from Your Heart

  1. I realized this year that I have 23 people to shop for. Not including the cookies I have to pass out. When talking to a fellow coworker I realized that she only had 6 people to shop for. 6!!! She only does immediate family. It’s defiantly something I’m considering, things would be cheaper if I just shorten the list.

    Also here are a couple websites that give ideas for homemade gifts.

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11337&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link3

    http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/christmas-crafts-ms/christmas-crafts-ms.html?cmp=NLC-NL_Crafts&link=Jump2Link2

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=12107&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link5

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11549&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link6

    http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/feature/things-to-do-with-buttons/things-to-do-with-buttons.html?CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link1

    And last year I gave my parents and my parent-in-laws new family pictures that I had done. If you go to a place with no sitting fee sometimes you could make it a very inexpensive gift.

  2. One thing I realized this year was that I have 23 people to shop for. Not including holiday cookies that I pass out. When I was talking to a coworker she admitted that she only has 6 people. SIX!!!! So shortening the list is defiantly a thought this year. It is a really effective way to save money.

    Also here are a couple of websites that I found that give you some good homemade gift ideas.

    http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/christmas-crafts-ms/christmas-crafts-ms.html?cmp=NLC-NL_Crafts&link=Jump2Link2

    http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/feature/things-to-do-with-buttons/things-to-do-with-buttons.html?CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link1

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11337&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link3

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=12107&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link5

    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11549&CMP=NLC-NL_Crafts_link_Section3Link6

    Also last year I gave my parents and my parent-in-laws some family portraits that we had done. If you go some place where there is no sitting free it can be rather inexpensive.

  3. Here is a comment from Doreen Hanna:
    Instead of giving gifts this year we decided to exchange names and once of month for the next year we will bless the person we chose with an encouraging word via email, card or phone call.

    Saving money – increasing in blessings!

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