I’m a fan of Christmas. After all, it’s the celebration of my Lord and Savoir. However, I’m not such a fan of the commercialization of Christmas. For me, it’s about worshipping God, being with family and loved ones, and giving thoughtful gifts.
The emphasis is on thoughtful because anyone can go to the store or click on a buy link on Amazon. Some people even go into debt to buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones. No shame because I used to be one of those folks. And if you do enjoy buying gifts and can afford it, go for it! It’s about what you value.
Although, now that I’ve paid off a bunch of debt and become a wise steward with my finances, I’ve thought long and hard about what Christmas means to me and now I practice it.
So I’ve compiled a list of thoughtful Christmas gifts that you can consider giving this year. Thoughtful doesn’t have to mean costly. A lot of these gifts involve your time which is a commodity around here. Last I checked we all have a finite amount of it so by incorporating it in our gift, it becomes special!
My church, Cuyahoga Valley Church (CVC) is preaching a sermon series currently titled, the Advent Conspiracy. There is actually a movement called the Advent Conspiracy from where this sermon series comes.
Here’s the text of the movement:
Be part of a different story this Christmas, one that celebrates our King and brings hope to the watching world.
Additionally, there are 4 basic tenets:
- Worship fully
- Spend less
- Give more
- Love all
I just love this and it ties in with the theme of this post so I had to share.
Frugal but Thoughtful Christmas Gifts
Okay, I’m breaking this gift-giving idea list into two sections. I know that everyone does not enjoy creating things. However, if you don’t because you are intimidated, don’t be. I’m teaching myself how to paint via YouTube videos. Trust me, you can basically learn anything from YouTube these days. But I digress.
Firstly, I created a frugal/thoughtful section which doesn’t involve crafty things. Secondly, I created a frugal/creative section. Hopefully, some of these will speak to you.
Disclaimer: some of these ideas were borrowed ideas from the sermon today at CVC on giving more.
Frugal & Thoughtful Gifts
- Write love letters
- Find your favorite picture of you & each loved one and frame it
- Make dinner
- Promise a “date” with each loved one
- Write your favorite memories with each loved one and put them in envelopes. I suggest doing either 52 or 12 for each person. Then advise them to open them once a week or month for the upcoming year.
- Put the kids on a scavenger hunt by hiding clues (I do this for my niece & nephews!). The final clue could be about a future adventure day with them.
- A promise of a hike, walk or other fun activity together.
- A bucket list of local adventures in your area that you’d like to embark on with a loved one.
- Buy your loved one their favorite coffee or beverage but tell them it comes with a condition. They can only drink it when they are with you. A little way to foster more time together.
Frugal & Creative Gifts
- Paint pictures
- knit or crochet scarves, blankets or other accessories
- Write poems & frame them
- Make a photo album
- Make a scrapbook
- Create a snow globe
- Buy fresh flowers and make an arrangement. This is way cheaper than buying one.
- Make some kind of labor of love bakery (toffee, Crème Brûlée, pie, caramel sauce, etc.). Of course, you can always make good ‘ole fashion cookies!
- Homemade body scrubs or soaps
- Homemade clothing if you know how to sew!
- Make a wreath of wine corks
- Make bread
- Write & sing a song
What does Christmas mean to you? Seriously, really think about it and take action to shape your family’s Christmas celebration around your values.
Do you have any fun frugal/creative ideas to share? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my list so others can benefit!!