We understand the importance of Christmas budgets that fit our family's finances, and we are here to help with creative tips & tricks for cutting costs during the holidays!
- Use old newspapers or magazines to wrap your gifts. Look for comic sections to add some laughs to Christmas morning!
- Ask your kids create some artwork, and surprise them by using the art as wrapping paper!
- Reuse old wrapping paper, tissue, and bows from older birthdays and holidays.
- Kraft paper is affordable and so versatile. Keep simple it with a plain wrap and bow, or spruce it up with stamps, calligraphy, notes, games, or fun patterns... the possibilities are endless!
- Make your own bows out of magazine strips, or even construction paper! Here is a fun and easy DIY guide from Whole Living on how to craft your very own bows.
Go hiking with the family and spend some time collecting pinecones to decorate all around the house. Don't forget the Christmas tree!
Save your children's artwork from their CIF boxes, and school, to hang up and show off as decor.
Craving family time? Create your own garlands out of popped popcorn, cranberries, play dough shapes, bells, and even the kids toys!
An oldie but a goodie: Help your kids to cut & create their own unique snowflakes to put up all around the house.
make it memorable
- Christmas isn't all about gifts, but instead it's about the memories you make together. So instead of gifting a physical item, consider giving an activity that you can do together as a family . Sledding, local deals for zoo tickets or a local art class, or tickets to a theme park they've been dying to try are all great ways to make Christmas count for more this year.
We talked about this concept in our blog post titled "Giving With Grace," but it is such a great way save money during the holidays that we just had to share it again:
We love the idea of showing your kids how to give the gift of kindness for Christmas. These acts of kindness can be something like making mommy's packed lunch everyday, or helping with a chore around the house. Teaching children that gifts aren't always tangible objects, and that sometimes the most special gifts are the things that you do for others to show them how much you care, is an amazing life lesson.
And, if you are worried about not having anything to gift wrap for your loved one to open on Christmas day, creating a DIY coupon book is the perfect option! Help your child create one, or make one for your little one, by including fun tickets like a bedtime pass or movie night of their choice.
What are your secret tips and tricks to saving money over the holidays? We would love to hear!
XOXO, Kerisa Ward