I appreciate the ideas for my sister's 60th birthday. She works incredibly long hours and is very unselfish with the little free time she has. I think I'll put a pampering kit together with a gift certificate for a pedicure at her salon, a beeswax small candle ( she rarely burns them, but might for pampering), a bulb plant, and assorted face and hand masks. There's also my BIL, brother, sister, and if course DD2 with January birthdays.
We have a lot of gift giving occasions, and they add up. I'm trying to use old and new strategies to keep the budget in check. While some are more token gifts, even they can ding budgets. What I've thought of so far...
- Continue to shop my closet stash, which includes generic, though practical, gift items bought at super low prices and old Fab, Fit, Fun items none of us used. Some will go with my sister's gift. My BIL will get the same windshield frost guard I bought for my daughter's and our cars, plus a super soft men's scarf bought for 75% clearance, but is pretty timeless. I've got a few other things tucked away that will be good gifts in the year to come.
- Revisit Groupon. I used to have success with getting great prices on things. I forget besides experiences, they have a broader marketplace.
- Buy a case of decent wine, taking advantage of case discount and I think dry January sales. I'll probably get a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Chardonnay, and what isn't gifted, we'll use next year over holidays. My stash is finally fairly low.
- Jam was a hit. Even if I have to buy all jars and ingredients, I can make for under $2 a jar. Out in about at farmers markets and Christmas shops, the 1/2 pint jars were $5-$8. Likely I'll get repurposed jars, at least a few back, and free or low cost fruit and peppers. I'd like to figure out cute labels and lid covers. These with the next one, make nice birthday gifts or supplement a budget bought gift.
- Christmas 2020 bread was a winning gift. I have 7 mini moaf pans, plus I'll look for sources of paper bread pans. If someone gifted me a small year bread loaf with jam and maybe choclates for good measure, I'd be happy. I found these cute mini bread pans at the grocery store at huge clearance, 4 each at just $3.99. They're Cuisinart brand and good quality. For pumpkin, banana, or other quick breads, these mini loafs make good hostess or neighbor, coworker gifts.
- Look for experience opportunities for people who need nothing. Part of good gift giving is not to buy stuff that adds clutter. I need to restrain stuff for people like DH or MIL.