Ooooo, my kind of thread
I'm really into this right now. The money is tight suddenly so I'm trying to see how little I can spend this Christmas and still get gifts that people will appreciate
For the in-laws I'm crocheting scarves. I wanted to do it in their favorite colors so I had to buy one skein of yarn (I already had all the other colors). So that's 4 scarves for less than $4
Then I'm going to make them all rice bags this weekend. I went through my cloth last night and have it all picked out. I just have to buy rice (cheap, generic, white rice!).
GMIL will also get a coupon for us to come to her place and hang pictures (she recently moved to assisted living).
My mom is getting the silicone potholders my MIL gave me last year. I don't like them and the other day my mom was over and telling me how great they are and she wishes she had more. Cool! Dh said "but my mom gave them to us" Uh, yeah, but honey, let's NOT get sentimental over POTHOLDERS. Come on!
For my family gift lottery we have three people to buy for. My cousin is getting my (gently used) dog training book and clicker to go with it (for her adorable, completely wild, untrained pug). My mom's cousin will get a one serving tea pot off my shelf. The friend of the family who's name I drew I'm a bit stuck on. She's really into donating to charity and I want to do that but I can't do much. I'm thinking I'll donate $10 (I can get a share of tree seedlings in her name from Heifer for that) and then what? She's a college student so nothing cluttery, nothing that needs to be cooked, or microwaved. Maybe just a plate of cookies along with it.
Dh? I have no clue.
The kids I *really* want to find the money to get pop up soccer goals for but I might have to let that go for now. I can always suggest it to a relative who can afford $20 (sad how a year ago I would have said "pshaw, what's $20?" :LOL). Otherwise, I'm finding stuff around the house (shhhhhhh!) for them. When I was looking at my cloth for the rice bags I found a set of wooden, matching game picture tiles. I think my dd got them for her 2nd birthday and never played with them. So they are going to ds. For my dd, a friend gave us a hand-me-down toy that usually I would just hand to my dd. This year it will get wrapped
I am also planning on going to the thrift store and buying them both baby dolls which they will love. Oh, and they'll each get a few books from the thrift store. They both love books
and they are usually only a dollar or two each there (less sometimes!).
We usually only give 2 or 3 presents each (plus usually one to share) so it won't be much different this year.
We do stockings but I have always tried not to go nuts with that either. Stockings are candy, toothbrushes, a small toy and a small book. I can find some small doll or car at the thrift store for the stocking or
: just grab something from around the house and they'll never notice. Honest, they won't.
I'm thinking of baking something for my dad and his girlfriend (or maybe rice bags for them).
I think that's it!