There is another way rather than spending up big to fill the Christmas stockings, so perhaps get creative with your gifts! Here are a few nifty ideas we’ve found or please share with us some your best Christmas gift ideas and we’ll share in the Quack Chat’s leading up to Christmas.
- Give a gift of food - If you're creative in the kitchen, why not make something to give and create a personal, tasty gift, whether it be quandong jam, melting moments or lemon myrtle dukkha.
- Create a coupon - If you have a knack for massage, babysitting, or even hugs, give your family member or friend a coupon they can redeem at a later date.
- Give a local experience - Take someone on a picnic, a day trip driving tour, or plan a dinner date at home or by the lake.
- DIY it - Get crafty and make a personalised gift using things you already have and don’t forget the shed pile as well - there are heaps of ideas online.
- Save on wrapping - Buy brown paper and string to wrap your gifts instead of purchasing pricey Christmas wrapping, then you can use any excess throughout the year. If you have kids, get them involved and use their paintings or drawings as wrapping paper. Otherwise use newspaper with bright recycled ribbons or raffia you have kept from presents and stored away.
- Secret Santa or set a present limit - Suggest to your family or friends that you all set a limit on how much you will spend on gifts for each other to keep your gift budget at a reasonable level, or go with the Secret Santa gift where everyone only buys for one other.
- Re-think your Christmas card - Rather than spending money on buying and posting Christmas cards, record a family Christmas video greeting with your phone and email it to your friends and loved ones. It will be much more fun and add a personal touch.
Share your ideas by commenting on this article, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or commenting on the Dumbleyung CRC Facebook page. Happy Pre-Christmas Planning!
Information for this article has come from ww.asic.gov.au