Dec 6, 2012

The Art of Gift Giving Day 8


This is an eight part series on taking the stress out of thoughtful gift giving. If you have missed a post click HERE to see them all. 

Today's the last day of Gift Giving School:) I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. And I hope all these words and tips and ideas have helped you and your holiday gift-giving experience. 

Here are a couple more tips for giving great gifts for little or no money...

#1 Barter! It's an old idea yet it never get's old:) The last few years I have sung at Sanctuary of Davidson during Christmas in Davidson and instead of having them pay me in cash - they paid me in credit. It's great, and I always look forward to finding the perfect gift there. But, maybe you can't donate your singing - use what you are good at. Are you great at wrapping gifts or making wreaths or baking or cleaning or whatever (more thinking outside the box!). Trade your skills with a friend or business or artist. Do you make beautiful jewelry?! Why not trade some of your jewels with your friend that can bake yummy stuff. You get the idea...BARTER!!

#2 Homemade gift-certificates are not always cheesy! The right gift-certificate can really bless someone. You could give your friends with kiddos running everywhere free babysitting certificates, maybe 12 of them (one for every month). You could give a certificate to have lunch with Grandma (because Grandma's actually already have everything and what they really want is just to be with you!) once a month. You could give a certificate to your roommate for a free week of dishes (meaning you will do all the dishes all week long even if none of them are yours). I think if I received the last one, I would cry. I hate dishes! 

Homemade gift-certificates work the same way as gifts - - think about what the person likes and then come up with a certificate you make for them. 

Now that you have bought lovely thoughtFULL gifts and have hopefully remained stress-free it's time to wrap them! I might love wrapping them even more than I love buying them:) I know that the wrapping is not the most important part of giving BUT it can make the person receiving the gift feel sooooo special. And beautiful wrapping doesn't have to take that long, I promise. Here are some really quick and easy wrapping ideas...

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But if you are more like me and don't care if each package takes you 15 minutes to wrap and decorate then here are some fancier wrapping ideas for you...

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Tomorrow I'll be showing you how I'm wrapping my gifts this year, they are taking more time than ever before but they are really looking fun and there will be no glitter for the recipient to clean up!! If you are in need of more wrapping inspiration check out my pinterest board - - HERE or check out Nester's post on it - - HERE

Thanks again for following along for this series. If you used my advice or tips I'd love to hear what you thought!
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2 comments:

  1. Hi Reeve,
    I found your blog through The Nester's. THANK YOU for this series! I am not very good at gift-giving--it totally stresses me out! I especially liked your process for coming up with ideas--that's always the hardest part for me. My husband isn't very forthcoming about what he wants, and many of his hobbies (remodelling, for example), he already has the stuff he needs for it. You give me hope that this is a skill that can be learned. :) Merry Christmas (late!) I will get started on this for the 2 February birthdays I have coming up!

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    1. Oh Linnae - I'm so glad you found my process helpful! Happy shopping:)

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