Yowza! The year is zippin’ by, isn’t it? Seems like we were just throwing our 4th of July bash, then it was “Trick or Treat” time. And now Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away. Which means Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye and we’ll be singing “Jingle Bells” before you know it.
I love, love, love this season! Decorating the trees, cookin’ up all kinds of yummy treats, Christmas carols, watching “It’s A Wonderful Life” for the 127th time, finding just the right gift for everyone on my list. . .
Most everyone I know is on a budget these days — and that makes Christmas shopping kinda stressful. For anyone trying to figure out how to make those dollars s-t-r-e-t-c-h, the holidays can give you a big, bad case of heartburn.
But it doesn’t have to be that way, Cupcake. Quit worrying about where the money’s gonna come from to cover everyone’s presents. I’ve got your back on this!
How about I show you how to give sensational, stupendous, awesome gifts that won’t cost you one cent? That’s right. Easy-peasy and quick to make. And the person getting one of your gifts is guaranteed to absolutely love it — and YOU for dreaming it up. What could be better?
All you’ve gotta do is gather up some stuff you’ve already got around the house, get the ol’ creative juices flowing, and spend a little bit of time.
All this week I’ll be giving you super-simple, step-by-step directions for heart-felt Christmas presents your family, friends, and neighbors will love.
And they’re not gonna bust your budget, have you whipping out a credit card, or overdrawing your checking account either. Ready? Then let’s get going on the first one!
Personalized Services Coupon Book
What you’ll need:
2 index cards or pieces of thin cardboard
paper cut the same size as the index cards
colored markers, crayons, pictures cut from magazines, old Christmas cards, anything that you want to use for decorating the cover
glitter, sequins, etc. (optional — but isn’t glitzy fun?)
Step 1: Now’s the time to put your imagination into high gear. Think, Sweetpea, think! What would the person getting this coupon book really love having someone else do for them? Clean out the garage? Wash the windows? Give the family chariot a good scrub and wax job? Bake a couple dozen chocolate chip cookies? Or take care of ironing a big pile of clothes? (I’d sure like that!)
Maybe a coupon for an evening of baby-sitting for a friend or neighbor who never gets to go out? Or a coupon good for helping her finish that scrapbook she started years ago? How about a few hours of yard work? Help with planting a vegetable garden in the spring?
Step 2: This isn’t hard, is it? Once you’ve got a fistful of coupons (write them out by hand or do ’em up on your computer), it’s time to sandwich them in between the index cards so you have a front and back cover. Staple it together — or tie it up with a ribbon, stick them in with a Christmas card, whatever tickles your fancy, Darlin’.
Step 3: Whew! The hard part is done. Now you get to design and decorate the cover. Have fun! Play with this and make it special. Make it stand out with color or drawings or a collage of magazine pictures. Go natural with pretty leaves, seeds, or dried flowers. Sprinkle on the gold and silver glitter.
Remember, it shouldn’t be “store-bought perfect.” What makes this so wonderful is that in this age of fast food, race track speed lives, and a “just grab anything and go” attitude, you’re taking the time to create a heart-felt and personalized gift.
Who wouldn’t love you for it?
© The Famous Frugalista 2011
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