7 weeks to Christmas – 7 gift ideas that won’t break the bank

Published on November 2, 2015 9:32 am, by

The weeks are flying by with Christmas decorations everywhere.  Here’s a few gift ideas for those watching their pennies over the silly season.

For godparents and/or grandparents – nothing like a piece of artwork from a favoured grandchild, niece of nephew.  Give as is, or put your inner carpenter to use and make a frame.  Laminating is also an inexpensive option.

Novelty photos – Big W has some great gift options.  We love the novelty packs of playing cards.  Choose a photo and have it printed 52 times for $20.  We recently bought a few packs for $7 each when they had a sale.  2016 calendars are also relatively simple to make, and there are always 50-60% off sales in the lead up to Christmas.

Save your jam jars & fill them with homemade goodies – one of our favourites to give and receive is basil pesto.  It’s a great time of year to get that herb garden going, and if it goes well, why not find a recipe to share with friends and family.

Banana bread (or other baked goods) – who doesn’t like banana bread?  Get to work in the kitchen (or in my case put the kids to work) and bake unlimited banana bread.  Change them around with choc chips, frozen blueberries etc. and wrap them in red cellophane and green ribbon.  What a great Boxing Day breakfast!

For parents of young children – Babysitting voucher, babysitting voucher, babysitting voucher.  If you want to spend more include some movie tickets and/or a dinner voucher.  But really as a parent, I’m telling you, that 4 or 5 hours kid free is one of the best gifts you can give me.

For friends or family who own property – Gardening voucher, painting voucher, labour voucher.  Not only will this help a lot, it will give you the opportunity to spend time with your mate or family member and bond over sweat.  It’s also a great way to get your kids involved with a lawn mow or picking up debris.

Check out websites like OzSale, Groupon, Scoopon – there are lots of great gifts and gift ideas at a fraction of the price you would pay in the stores.  You can purchase vouchers for services or goods, just make sure you check the delivery date for pre-Christmas delivery.

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Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.

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