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!
Do you have an invitation to a baby shower, but instead of celebrating the arrival of a new baby, you’re stressed about the cost of a gift? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with some awesome gift ideas that will keep money in your wallet. Here are some great gifts that will bless your friend and your bank account.
1. Chore coupon book. It’s so important for a new mom, or even repeat mom, to have someone help her with the house when the baby arrives. Make her a coupon book with things like laundry, dishes, dusting, vacuuming, etc. Let her know she can use it anytime after the baby arrives for some extra help around the house. This would be her favorite gift at the shower.
2. Make a diaper cake. All you need for this is a pack of diapers and a few craft supplies and you can make this. HERE is an easy tutorial. They look expensive and are generally the centerpiece of the shower.
3. Knit or crochet (if you can). There are two blankets that both of my children have that cost less than $10 to make and they go everywhere with my kids. Our cousin made them for our kids in matching pink and blue. Their most favorite and most used item was homemade and cheap. If you know how to knit or crochet, this is perfect for a gift, if you don’t know how, it’s a great time to learn.
I may have found the ultimate gift for a friend and homemade gift for yourself. It’s bath salts! I didn’t realize it was so easy! And better than easy, it’s cheap! You only need a few simple ingredients and you’ll skip all the junk fillers that companies put in their products and you’ll be way more for your money. Do it yourself projects like this tend to make way more than what you would buy in the store for the same cost.
What You Need
Epsom Salt (you can find this by your other bath salts in a local store)
Essential Oils (lavender is awesome for relaxing, but use your favorite scent)
Quart size plastic bag
Food coloring (totally optional and only for cosmetic use, I leave this out)
What To Do
1. Put 3 cups of epsom salt into your plastic bag.
2. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil. Make sure you add it one drop at a time and shake well so you don’t melt the salt. Add drops until you’ve achieved the scent you want.
3. If you do decide to color your salt, do the same as the essential oil. One drop at a time.
4. Spread out on wax paper and let dry for 1-2 hours.
5. When dry, mix in 1/2 cup of baking soda into the mixture, pour into your storage container.
I think I’ll go take a bath now 😉
Summer is wedding season! When I am not sharing Thrifty Diva ideas with you, I am photographing beautiful brides and handsome grooms. I love it! The wedding industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. People invest a lot on that big day and gifts are about the only thing they don’t have to pay for. The last gift registry I printed out about 2 weeks ago had about $3-thousand dollars worth of items on it. Some were pretty hefty too! If you are on a budget you may not be able to afford much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them something just as special.
Here are some ideas for Thrifty wedding gifts that I have seen over the years that are my favorites.
1. Starter care package. I love this idea. Just get a laundry basket and fill it up with home essentials like laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, scrubby pads, etc. It’s great for newlyweds! Usually they aren’t thinking about things like that when they register so it’s nice if they have it as a gift. It’s one of those “oh that’s so great we have that” gifts.
2. Paint/draw them a picture from their engagement or other picture of themselves. Ok this may sound crazy, but to this day it’s one of my top wedding presents we got. You definitely have to be artistic to do this, but if you are this the so awesome! A friend of ours took one of our engagement pictures and drew it on art paper and framed it. It’s beautiful and it’s so special to me. It cost her about $10 for a frame and it’s simply amazing.
3. Recipes. I wish someone had done this for me when I got married. I am definitely not complaining, we got a lot of stuff, but I love recipes! Make your newlyweds a book of your favorite recipes. They will LOVE it. Especially if you include some special ones that were passed on through your family.
Do you have any unique gifts you’ve given you can share with us?