It’s time to bore you with a bit more about myself as I properly thank a couple of bloggers who nominated me for awards. It still amazes me the love I feel from each of you, when I have never met you in person. I really appreciate the gesture and thought you put into your own award acceptances and enjoy learning a bit more about you. But before I write my acceptances of my awards, I’d like to share with you an amazing gift I received.
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Now that we here in the US have celebrated Thanksgiving we are officially in the season of mad shopping. If you do not live in the US, I need to share with you that our retailers took Black Friday to an extreme this year. Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) many retailers held pre-Black Friday sales followed by sales on Thanksgiving! The reasoning was this would prevent the huge crowds on just one day. I see this as being even more greedy than in earlier years, another way to grab an extra dollar, but that’s just my opinion.
If you are like me you are trying to avoid shopping and working hard to eliminate products manufactured in less than humane ways in distant countries.With 23 more days until Christmas there is still time to make a few gifts. So today I am going to share gifts from as many different mediums as I can.
Celebrating the countdown to Christmas was always more fun for me than Christmas day. Since I hosted Christmas dinner I only had a few minutes to sit with my boys and their gifts before heading to the kitchen to keep the food on schedule. I had days when I wished I had never celebrated Christmas in the “traditional” way and instead focused more on Advent with a simple dinner on Christmas with family, but without gifts. think of how relaxing the day could be and yes frugal.
I found quite a few ideas for inexpensive Advent Calendars and have included my favorites today, there is something here for everyone from those experienced in sewing, crafting or crochet, to those a bit timid of taking on an art project.
Bunting has come back in style so why not make a simple Advent bunting you can use year after year?
While you could buy a ready-made calendar why not make your own? You can easily change them to fit your family’s needs as the years pass, or you could make something timeless with a piece of wood and some painted clothespins.
Not a crafty? That’s okay, I spotted this idea which while meant for Valentines Day would work for any holiday, Simply add a new heart to the door each morning. If you are giving experiences this would be a great way to announce them rather than making a calendar. Have a little gift, hang it from the door knob that morning.
This may sound like a strange thing to admit, but the little gifts I hid for my boys during Advent were more special than the gifts under the tree or in the stocking. I hid little notes or something small for each boy. Even adding them up over the entire 25 days, I rarely spent more than $10 per child and some years nothing at all.
Think back to Christmas mornings of past when you find yourself with wrapping paper and boxes all over. There are calls for batteries, and scissors to remove toys from the packaging, and don’t forget assembly of toys. Yet, before long the toys are tossed under the tree and as you are cleaning up the mess you hear “what’s for breakfast” Wouldn’t you enjoy a simple gift, or note written just for you stretched out for nearly a month than a bunch of packages all on one morning?
I have this done so I am going to post it a bit early tonight. Our storm is intensifying but not to worry this area while we see tornadoes they rarely do much damage, a home or two but nothing like the mid-west sees. Thank you all for your wishes of safety. I live in a very solid building so I will be fine, although possibly without power.
I’m back with more gift ideas today. I hope you are well on your way to completing your shopping, or at least your gift list and setting your budget. If you are having trouble staying under budget I believe the following ideas may help you. First up:
For a Loved One
What is so special about young children is their appreciation for any gift, they don’t try to figure out how much you spent nor are they comparing what they receive to what their friends may receive. If you start them out young enough with frugal or handmade gifts they will continue to appreciate these gifts more than a store-bought present. I had always given my boys handmade items along with a book after that it was usually a board game or science equipment they received. When my oldest son was in the military, I made him a large cross stitch of his favorite singer Ozzy Osborne. When I completed it I knew he would love it, but I worried that his military friends would look down on a handmade gift. Should I send it or not? I sent it and not only did he love it, but so did his friends.
Anyway, the point is this is the age when your frugal gifts will be most appreciated. Remember how much my grandchildren love finding new boxes set out in the hallway for me?
This week I want to focus on my blogging friends.. The first few suggestions are from online shops these wonderful bloggers operate, then I will share links to easy tutorials you can make yourself to keep that budget in check. Read the rest of this entry »
Before I show you what I have been up to I thought I would share with you that the changes you see on the blog are because I listened to you,my readers who have mentioned that the previous theme was hard to navigate. Now you will find everything you are looking for on the side bar on the left.To save space and your need to scroll through the sidebar you will find a drop down box for the categories and tags I hope you find this more user-friendly than the last layout please let me know how this works for you.
When the idea came to me to do a weekly series about Christmas I announced it to you, then panicked that I would run out of ideas long before Christmas or that you wouldn’t find these posts interesting. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, it has helped me to see you are interested in making Christmas more about the ones we love and the real meaning of Christmas.
Last week, Katie, suggested she would be interested in ideas for her 11-year-old son. If you don’t have a preteen boy I can tell you from experience this is probably the hardest age to choose a gift for. This is such a hard age for a boy, they are still drawn to certain toys, but feel the pressure to be grown up. So, Katie, this post is for you. :-) Thank you for suggesting it I hope it gives Katie and everyone else with a pre-teen boy a few thrifty ideas.
This week the temperatures have turned cooler and we’ve had lots of rain. I really hope the rains won’t diminish the colors of fall. I am already missing the hours I spent outdoors and being stuck inside with the rain hasn’t been fun. I’ll get used to it again as always but find it strange how long the adjustment of being disconnected from nature takes me each year. I wonder how those who spend most of their time indoors, rarely getting outside, can stay centered.
My parts for my chair have arrived and are awaiting final approval to be installed, I received a call yesterday informing me to expect to have them later today, so I am happy about that.
This week everyone outdid themselves, I had a very hard time choosing which posts to share with you in today’s Friday Faves.