Do you want to save money this year, and still make Christmas meaningful?
As I've studied and thought about worshipping fully, spending less, giving more, and loving all (inspired by http://www.adventconspiracy.org/), I came up with 10 easy ideas to stretch your gift-giving dollar this Christmas. If you're not done shopping yet, may I suggest the following?
Cut costs by making gifts or regifting:
1) Give freshly baked goods as a gift. Give warm, fresh bread. Give Christmas cookies.
2) Give a homemade blanket or quilt
3) Give your friend an item you own that they admire.
4) Give a family member a specific item for which they have expressed a sentimental value.
5) Give a friend a cherished but broken item that you have taken and then repaired for them.
Give a gift that multiplies value:
6) Give a pair of TOMS shoes. For every pair you buy, they give a pair away. One for one.
7) Give a bottle of Cherry Creek Winery’s “The Winds ‘07 Cabernet Sauvignon”. Not just the profits, but the FULL PRICE goes to provide sponsorships for the Jackson, MI School of the Arts
8) Give a gift that helps a friend serve others: a gas gift card to a person who is always taking other people to the doctor, yarn to a person who knits mittens for children, etc.
9) Give a gift in their name to an organization that serves others such as the Hudson food pantry, Compassion International, or the LCMS World Relief water project.
10) Give a Bible