When I look back on all the years it isn't the expensive presents I remember but the time itself and the people who made it special. So I thought I'd share with you some ways to make Christmas fun without the expenditure.
1) Games - OK it is cheesy and typical but they are FUN and more often then not we end up in fits of giggles. Some of our favourites are charades and cranium.
2) Walks - There is nothing like a good old fashioned walk on Christmas day to help you appreciate everything you have, especially if it is snowing outside, it adds to that festive feeling!
3) HomeMade - One of the consequences of living in America as a child is my craft making addiction. But it is not a bad thing. I love making gifts and homemade cards are so nice to recieve as they take time and effort.
4) Cook - I often make the neighbours chocolate truffles or cookies. They are cheap to make and they are always appreciated...who doesn't like truffles and cookies right?
5) All in the words - Why not write a close relative or friend a letter or poem or even a song if you are musically inclined.
Something which I came across the other week which I absolutely love the idea of are ethical gifts from the Oxfam Unwrapped range...these are people who really need gifts this Christmas. I have added an example below but there are many things you could buy for example for £11 your money could buy a chicken for a family in developing countries. Or for £9 you could help maintain a safe water supply or set up a school or village for the first time, or restore the supply after an emergency.
Product: Protect Women
Worldwide, thousands of women and men are breaking the silence on domestic violence. This gift helps them speak out – supporting everything from radio shows and protests, to petitions and street theatre. Whatever it takes to bring change to their communities. This only costs £30...do a good dead this Christmas.