Thoughtful but cheap Christmas gift ideas

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Coffee Mugs

If there is anyone who will understand your need to be a bit frugal on Christmas, it is your partner. However, that does not mean you can’t be creative while being cheap. If you and your partner enjoy a cup of tea or coffee together then this is for you. A personalised printed set of mugs for him and her – very easy and extremely cheap.

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A jar of something

Nothing says thoughtful like giving your mother-in-law 365 reasons why your children think she’s the best grandmother. This may take some time, so it would be best to start now. Get your children to note down a few reasons why they love their granny. Tip: Have them do a few every day so as to keep their creative juices flowing and to not tire them out.

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Bath Towels

Probably everyone’s favourite gift idea is a set of towels. Buy inexpensive, but not too cheap looking, solid-coloured towels, and some fancy ribbon at the sewing store. Sew on the ribbon and you have a not-very expensive gift, but a practical and expensive-looking gift.

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DIY gift wrapping

Inexpensive, usually means Do It Yourself. If your mother, sister or wife is an avid amateur or professional chef, then you could swap the oven-mitt-for-stocking this year. Use an oven mitt as the gift wrapping for inexpensive kitchen utensils you bought for them.

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Bath salts

Grandma and grandpa may be sick of your bubble bath and bath salts, but it still makes for a thoughtful gift. They’re inexpensive, smell nice, there’s always going to be use for them either way and if you’re lucky, they usually come packaged as a present anyway – so you’ll save on wrapping paper and ribbons.

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Tickets

There’s always a concert, show or movie someone really wants to go to. Get your movie boffs a voucher from Ster Kinekor or perhaps an inexpensive show at the Market Theatre. This present says, “You know what I like and you made an effort”.

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Child’s artwork, framed

If you’re a parent than you’ll know that nothing warms your heart faster than a gift your child made for you – and even more so if you’re a grandparent. Take advantage of your child’s artistic abilities – that’s if you can get him or her to settle down long enough – give them crayons, paint and glitter, then let them go crazy. Frame the end product and you have the best, most thoughtful and least expensive of all gifts.

 

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