Gifts can be a budget killer. If exchanging gifts is an important part of your social life, consider coming up with a “signature” gift. Learn to make soap (it’s cheap to make but a great gift) or make an herbal mixture to toss into a small plate for dipping bread. It may be that you are known for giving a small potted plant in the same type of clay pot with a cute ribbon. There are tons of ideas. Whatever you choose, always have the materials on hand (make sure whatever you choose is inexpensive) and then just pull it out when its time.
One of my friends even has a signature gift wrap. She uses brown kraft paper and pink raffia. Her presents looks so pretty and have become part of her “trademark” — no one in our town would dare wrap their presents the same way and we are jealous that she thought of it first. She always keeps those supplies in her home and she’s always ready when it’s time to show up with a gift!
Consider giving it some thought and coming up with your own special signature gift! You won’t kill your budget and you’ll always be ready!
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