What do you get the people who have it all? When it comes to grandparents often a gift must come from the heart, because they have everything else. Gifting to grandparents requires time and a little creativity to make their holiday season a little bit more special.
This is not the type of art that is expensive, considered an investment, or has a well known creator. This is family art. You could make a family mosaic. Collect a large amount of family photos including of you growing up, you and your siblings’ families, and all their grandchildren. Use scissors and glue to create a collage like creation on a poster board. When the glue is dried, frame it, wrap it, and send it on to the grandparents. Another artistic idea is sending them a toddler abstract work. Take a poster board and let your toddler go to town with a set of markers, frame it, and send it on its way. If you are worried this sounds a little unsophisticated remember there are people who dip cat paws in paint and let them walk all over canvas. This too is considered art, but grandma will love your little guys work much more.
We all know that we need to spend time with the ones we love, but when grandma and grandpa live far away that is more than a little difficult. So instead share a record of the time you have been apart. Send scrapbooks made from the past year or keep a daily journal of your children’s exploits from a point of view a grandparent would appreciate. You can even add a parent’s footnotes or have your little one write a note or draw a picture each day.
Last but not least you can create the perfect gift for that special grandparent that has blessed your home with the noisiest toys known to man. Record an hour long concert preformed by your child and his favorite music toys. Or if you have a talented and musically inclined teenager, create a CD with a sample of music from each month of the past year. The gradual improvement of the CD should let mi-maw and pop pop know of all the hard work your child has done honing their talents. The best part is they will have proof to go along with their bragging rights.
Tis the season to panic about how you are going to get a decent amount of presents under the tree. Relax! There are ways to finance your Christmas that don’t require taking out a loan. In fact, between click sites and freebies, Christmas doesn’t have to be as costly as it used to be at all.
Look at the Child Product Offers
Christmas is one of the few times I look at offers that require money on my click sites (such as Swagbucks.com). It may be a subscription for children’s books in the mail or free DVD offers. When looking at a way to get a bunch of cool stuff under the tree this year for your little ones, look to your click sites. Most sites have offers or membership sign ups. Keep a notebook of all the offers you take as well as confirmation numbers and ways to cancel the memberships if needed. Worst case scenario is that you will need to cancel a few recurring services after the free offer expires. With the points coming in you may be able to break even or, in some cases, make a little money off your Christmas shopping.
You may find the perfect Christmas present on a freebie site, but it isn’t likely. Instead look for freebies that have a minor Christmas role. Look for gift wrapping samples, free Christmas cards, and envelope labels. If you have a massive Christmas card list or just don’t want to pay for postage this holiday season, send e-cards (such as Punchbowl.com). Also look for stocking stuffers like free samples or calendars. Freebies are a great way to fill a stocking.
If you are a big online shopper, shop from the click site of your choice and earn some of that money back (my favorite is Ebates.com!). Also, keep in mind that many Black Friday sales will be online as well. Unlike in-store there is no waiting in the cold, and is far less physically aggressive. Then stay tuned for Cyber Monday right after Black Friday. Granted, I’ve been noticing a trend where the best online prices are actually on Black Friday and may just extend all weekend into Cyber Monday. Either way, take advantage of the convenience of shopping online, getting some cash back, and scoring those awesome deals from home!
Jar crafts really do make the best gifts! You can makes gifts of food, treats, or even a spa-day in a jar. It’s easy to make quite a few of them with little financial strain. They are easy to decorate and to store. I also love to use jars for storing pantry items. They don’t take up too much room. Best of all when I want a particular group of items they are in on spot.
Save Big Live Better is the best place I have found for recipe jars. They have pancakes, cookies, bread, and much more. The recipes can be stored easily in a cupboard with one jar per recipe use, making it easy to organize, fit into pantries, and find.
Budget101 is a wonderful source for gift jar items that are both fun and useful. For example, imagine how much easier it is to take a jar of laundry items to the laundry room, rather than a huge 32 load bottle of laundry soap. This is one of my favorites along with the cute little first aid kit.