The pandemic this year has seen many people's budgets stretched beyond what they could ever have imagined. Birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day and Father's Day have all been celebrated under difficult circumstances. At times it's been impossible to give a planned present with supermarkets being the only option for shopping.
If you are finding it hard to give presents this year, these suggestions might give you a ray of hope and not hurt your budget.
* Hampers. They come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. A free hamper can be put together with what you already have. A craft hamper can be made up of your surplus craft supplies. All crafters have a stash that keeps on growing. Bundle your supplies into a storage basket, large icecream container, or a decorated cardboard box. Tie a ribbon, attach a gift tag and you have an impressive gift to give.
Maybe a pasta hamper is more your style. Add a couple of packets of pasta , tinned tomatoes and make up a jar of mixed herbs with ingredients and stock you have in your pantry.
Do you have spare cooking utensils put away waiting for your old ones to fall apart ? Bundle them together with a pretty ribbon or some kitchen twine, add a tea towel or cooking ingredients from your pantry and you have a very useful cooking hamper.
* Linens. Do you have spare tea towels or hand towels sitting unused in your linen cupboard ? Fold them into a neat little stack and tie with a pretty ribbon, cut up lace curtain or kitchen twine.
* Baking makes a wonderful present. Biscuits, slices and truffles can be made with staple pantry items. Place them in a cellophane bag, recycled glass coffee jar or a decorated paper bag. Recycled coffee jars can be sourced for free on Buy, Swap Sell sites on Facebook or through friends.
* Plants. Take a few cuttings from your favourite shrub, tree or even plant a few veggie seedlings. Wrap a little paper around the pot and attach a tag with growing instructions.
* Zero Waste. This is the name of a Facebook group I came across. People are always decluttering and want to give things away for free. There's probably a similar group in your area offering an item you can repurpose or restore to give as a present.
* Regift. If you have presents stashed away in your cupboard you cannot use, regift it to someone who can. Just make sure you are not giving it to the same person who gave it to you in the first place.
* Timber gifts. Do you have scrap bits of timber lying around. ? A tool box, planter or herb garden could easily be made.
* Material gifts. If you have a material stash of any shape or size, making presents for children is quite easy. Stuffed toys, library / toy bags, hair scrunchies and books are just a few ideas to get you started.
|A pasta hamper|
|Biscuits in a cellophane bag|
|Plants for gifts|
|Gifts in a jar|