Everyone loves the Christmas season ( well most everyone). It is such a fun time especially when you have little ones. Don’t let the lack of money ruin the fun, you can have a great Christmas on a tight budget.
Everyone always stresses about gifts when money is tight. What to get family members, friends teachers and everyone on your list. Ok first off don’t stress about it that IS NOT what Christmas is about. Family and friends completely understand that you don’t have the money for a lot of gifts ( and if they don’t well you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life).
Build some new traditions such as making cookies together, making decorations together, watching Christmas movies together, reading Christmas stories together ect.
For gifts for the family and friends
Gather up the kids and make gifts, there are so many ideas on Pinterest that don’t require much money just a few craft supplies and a little time. For friends have the kids help make Christmas cookies I mean who doesn’t like a plate of Christmas cookies or candy. You can also do coupon books that they can use throughout the year such as babysitting, mowing the yard, a plate of cookies just be sure to put things that you are not going to mind doing. If you hate mowing then putting that in a coupon book wouldn’t be a very good idea.
Don’t have many decorations make your own when I was little I remember making paper chains and Chinese lanterns to decorate the house with. When the girls were little I had two trees one with the decorations I had and one with home made decorations that we added to every year with what they made at school and what we made at home.
There are so many ideas for gift wrap, newspapers, paint of color plain paper, use squares of fabric, ect.
This is the hard one we all want to get our kids the best gifts and lots of them. These you can make also I remember when I was little my Dad made us a stove ,sink , table and chairs and a couple toy boxes out of everything we ever got that is what I remember the most. I made the girls stuffed animals one year ( that they still have ).
Set a limit if you can afford to get one main gift and a few smaller gifts get clothes for a couple of them.
You can also go to the second hand store when you do think outside the box. You can always paint something to make it look new or if there is a half set of blocks and an other half set of different blocks get them and make a whole set. Make a kitchen use an old entertainment center ( you can practical find these for free) or an old side table a little paint and a few accessories and you have a kitchen that they will love and play with for hours. Get plastic cups and plates from the 2nd hand store even if they don’t match paint a cute little design on them for play dishes. What ever you can find it is amazing what a little soap & water and some paint can do for things. Get some clothes fro the 2nd hand and add a few bows, buttons or ribbons or even an iron on design to up date it.
Get different to medium sized boxes and tape shut and cover with contact paper or just wrap for a set of blocks. My Mom used to work at a place and they got tons of shoe sized boxes she would bring these home and we had so much fun with them we made forts and castles and everything in-between.
Make craft kits for the older kids get some yarn and hooks with a couple patterns for a crochet or knit basket ( if you do this and you don’t know how to knit or crochet see if a friend would like to teach them) One year I got the girls some fabric and a pattern for pajama pants. How about a scrap booking kit a lot of time the 2nd hand store will have a few scrap booking supplies and if not the dollar store usually has a few things.
If our child has a favorite author that they like to read hit up all the used bookstores and find as many as you can.
Encourage your older children to make gifts for the family.