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Gift Giving Etiquette

Gift Giving Etiquette

Gift Giving Etiquette

(Inexpensive) Gifts That Show You Care

Advice Seeker :
Dear April Masini,

I'm a 45 year old working mother.  Actually, yikes, I'm a grandmother who has a ton of holiday gifts to give, but also a tight budget I need to stick to. How can I give gifts that show I care without breaking the bank? 

Signed, Baby Boomer On A Budget


April Masini's Advice :

Dear Baby Boomer on A Budget,

Some of the most thoughtful and "best ever" gifts are not about the money. They're about the time, the effort, the creativity and the thoughtfulness of the gift. Below are some gifts that cost nothing to very little and are priceless:

  • Spend a holiday evening with someone who can't get out because they have a chronic illness or are bed-ridden. Make the evening about fun. Bring in food. Cook for them. McDonald's will even work. Rent a movie to watch on the DVD, play a game of cards or go through old photos. This kind of an evening for someone who can't get out, is an incredible gift.
  • Spend an afternoon with your grandchild, loved one or friend, hiking. A winter hike or a good walk is a heartwarming way to end the old year and bring in the new one. Take a photo of the two of you at the beginning and the end of the hike and wrap it up as a New Year's present.
  • Christmas cookies, fudge, peppermint, blah, blah, blah. Give someone your special brisket, roast chicken or salad dressing. Give it a week or two BEFORE the holiday as an early holiday gift. Throw in a bottle of wine and you've given them a lovely dinner.
  • A favorite book of yours that has real meaning or was a gift from a lover or a relative long ago, is a wonderful way to pass on a gift and a legacy.
  • Grandmothers and mothers -- give your old jewelry to your children or grandchildren. New, new, new is for mall rats. Give them a piece of jewelry that has meaning to you, and will to them, too.
  • Passing on family heirlooms doesn't have to entail jewelry. A vase, a watch, a special cashmere sweater that was your grandmother's, are all wonderful gifts to pass on, that don't cost you a thing.