Monday, June 10, 2013

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Get back the Simple Joy in Gift Giving

Ahhh, summer is here and I always start off with big plans of making my own Christmas gifts when I have more time.  Yet, we all know summer can be just as busy as the school year.  So this summer, my challenge  is to keep gift giving simple, and if we can save a few bucks while doing it, well, that is just a bonus!

Tip One:  Less is More

Take this time to be creative and you will find that simple gifts can often be the favorites.  Especially for kids, make the wrapping a part of the gift, whether it is a blank campus or even just a yummy candy bar taped onto the present.

Tip Two: Make it in Multiples

If you get a great idea, do not just make one gift, make several of them.  They can be used as hostess gifts or even birthday gifts in a pinch.  If you will be doing any entertaining, they could even be used as goodies for the end of the party. Make sure to leave a tag for easy labeling.


Tip Three:  Bunch it up in a Basket

This is where you can make a gift even more special because you can personalize the theme as well as the individual gifts.  A perfect example, especially for teens, is the classic movie basket:

Other examples include:

book basket
music basket
gift card basket
art basket
crafting basket
sports basket

Tip Four:  Give Experiences

This is one of my favorite gifts to give and for my kids to get.  Instead of more toys that no one ever needs, give a gift of a movie date, a zoo visit, or tickets to a musical.  Grandparents can get into this kind of gift giving with giving bigger experiences like a class at the park district or a day at a museum.  These gifts are often the ones that are the most remembered.

Enjoy these tips and hopefully this summer you can plan for some creative, simple, and fun gift giving ideas.  Any even more creative gifts out there?  I would love to hear them!


Lizzi said...

Those are great. I'd not thought of the gift basket idea before.

We brew our own wine and give that as gifts. I am also propagating some plants and will paint on terracotta pots for gifts.

The thing I've done a couple of times (for awkward birthdays) is buy a variety of second hand books from a charity shop, include a packet of biscuits and hey-presto - a coffee break gift :)

Angie Ryg said...

Thanks! I love your coffee break idea! And plants are always a good idea. . . unless it is for me, which I will probably end up killing. I do not have a green thumb. At.All.


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