There's a lot of pressure during the holiday season to spend. Sometimes this pressure to spend overshadows the underlying intention to give.
In these tough economic times, with many out of work and a bleak economic outlook, here's some ideas on how you can still give without always having to spend an arm and a leg.
It really is the thought that counts, although retail stores would have you think otherwise. Adding a personal touch is a great way to dress up simple gifts and infuse them with heart!
1. Choose a book you know they'll love. (Old-fashioned ink-on-paper books are great.) Make a bookmark with ribbon and stock paper and add your own message to it. Wrap it in newspaper, old maps, or sheet music.
2. Pair a small bottle of lavender oil (or tea tree, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil) with a few sticks of incense and a favorite rock or shell. Tie with twine or ribbon.
3. Grab a few extra bottles of your favorite (inexpensive) wine and include a handwrittenRead More »from 7 Ideas for Heartfelt Homemade Gifts