Best Christmas gifts that won’t cost the earth

It’s the most magical time of the year – Christmas is a time for catching up with friends and loved ones, as well as reflecting on what’s truly important to you.

It’s also a time for giving, but by the time you add up all those Christmas gifts for family and friends, it can start to feel like the time for spending. Our recent survey on household clutter found that the average Australian household spends $963 on gifts during the festive season each year. That can be a lot to fork out, especially if you have plans for an end-of-year getaway.

But it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Sometimes, a thoughtful gift with a personal touch can mean more than the latest overpriced gizmo. Spending some time thinking about your loved-ones and what they could really use is a great way to cut back on Christmas spending while also showing you care.

Research has found that spending money on others is linked to higher levels of happiness, regardless of the amount spent. It truly is the thought that counts!

So don’t go breaking the bank this holiday season – here are some heart-warming, cost-efficient gift ideas you can try instead.

Put together a personalised hamper

Forget those overpriced and generic hampers on sale in the shops. Putting together your own collection of goodies is a simple yet thoughtful gift idea that you can personalise to whoever it’s for.

Having a theme for your hamper can help you narrow down the choice of items and make it more memorable. Common themes include:

  • Chocolate lover’s hamper: There’s only one question: dark, milk, white – or all of the above?
  • Cook’s hamper: Grab some high-end ingredients and use a mixing bowl instead of a box or basket.
  • Italian-themed hamper: Bring together biscotti, Nutella, panforte and other Italian treats.
  • Wine lover’s hamper: A favourite wine plus a few little nibbles is sure palate pleaser.
  • Christmas gift box: Nothing marks the season like fruit mince pies, gingerbread, shortbread and pudding.

Create something wonderful in the kitchen

Everyone loves a tasty treat, so if you enjoy spending time in the kitchen consider baking up some yummy Christmas desserts. Kitchen creations make wonderful small gifts for teachers and colleagues, or even your secret Santa at the office.

Food gifts that will go down a treat at Christmas time include:

  • Jams, marmalades, lemon curd and other preserves.
  • Marinated goat’s cheese.
  • Gingerbread house, decorated with lollies.
  • Mulled wine spice kit.
  • Rum balls.
  • Mini Christmas cakes or puddings.
  • Fruit mince pies.
  • Scottish shortbread.
  • Hot chocolate stirrers.
  • Candy canes.
  • Fudge.
  • Reindeer, Santa or other Christmas-themed cupcakes.

Grant a Christmas wish

Make someone’s Christmas super-personal by gifting a voucher for your own handy services. Time is something that money just can’t buy, and your practical skills could take a huge load off someone’s schedule.

Whether it’s babysitting, dog walking, gardening, photography, housekeeping, or even repairs and renovations, think about what your family and friends need help with and offer up your services. Perhaps you could even pass on your skills with a few one-on-one lessons, which would make your Christmas gift last forever.

Get crafty with a pamper kit

Create a pamper kit with homemade bath bombs, scented candles, essential oils, body scrubs, bath teabags, or lip gloss.

Google and YouTube have all the answers when it comes to making homemade spa and beauty items. Search for tutorials on what you’re keen to make, gather up your ingredients and get ready to create. You’ll not only have a bit of fun, but you’ll also learn something new and flex your creative muscles. Who knows – you may even discover a new hobby while helping that special someone feel even more special!

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Posted: 10 Dec 2018

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