We all know christmas can be hard and expensive so I am here today to show you how I shop and do Christmas on basically no budget at all.
First thing: I know at least for me is I can’t remember what I already bought for who. Check this app out and keep organized.
It’s never too early for Christmas stock up all year round so you’re not stressed during the holidays!
Use coupons and deals to score the best deal.
Sign up for rewards programs.
Rewards programs like Bath and body works will send you Free items with no purchase needed coupons in the mail and e-mail. These can be used as sister gifts, friend gifts or work gifts.
Make a sample gift basket
Stock up on all of those free samples and make a gift basket to gift!
Check out these ideas here
Find stuff around the house
Find stuff you don’t use anymore or your kids don’t use any more and resell it on your local classifies you will be suprised of how much stuff you find.
Sign up for Surveys
Follow the 4 Gift rule for kids
- something they need
- something they want
- something to wear
- something to read
With the something to read it’s always a good idea to search around your local library they normally have books on sale for really cheap also Amazon sometimes will have good deals as well.
Make a gift closet.
Even if you put aside $10 a month and use that to get toys on sale you can end up with a pretty good sized gift closet thus for this Christmas season not having to spend that money!
Use your old gift cards
You know those old gift cards you have that you aren’t using well you can now use them and re gift them! Or use them to buy gifts!
make a DIY gift card snow globe!
If you’re looking for a creative way to give gift cards this year, try making these easy DIY gift card snow globes! What a fun and festive presentation! You can also ditch the gift card and make a few of these for yourself to add to your holiday décor.
For this craft, you’ll need:
- Wide Mouth Glass Jars
- Hot Glue & Glue Gun
- Miniature bottle brush trees (sold with the winter village or mini train supplies in craft stores)
- Faux Snow & Cotton
- Small Binder Clips
- Miniature Holiday Related Figures, Ornaments, Matchbox Cars etc.
- Ribbon and or Bells to embellish jars if desired
To make the snow globe pictured above, start by gluing a binder clip with gift card to the bottom of a jar (make sure you choose jars wide enough to fit gift card). Place a small amount of cotton and faux snow to hide the bottom of the binder clip. I tied a mini bottle brush tree to one of my son’s cars and placed it on top of snow. Close jar and tie with ribbon or bakers twine to embellish.
I made a few more jars using small ornaments. The mini tricycle in the center jar above is from Michaels Craft Store found in the doll house supply aisle (the nutcracker ornament is also from Michaels and was found in the $1.50 bins by the checkout).
You can also create a winter scene by placing the jar on its side – I glued a vintage snowman ornament I already had and used another mini 2 inch bottle tree brush inside the jar on the right. These jars will be my teacher gifts this year, and I’m on the hunt looking for a small toy school bus to create one for our bus driver!