Great Gifts On A Shoestring Budget

Do you have a long list of people who need gifts, and a short budget?  Try some of these ideas to brighten the season without emptying the bank account!

  • Homemade cookies in decorative bags or boxes make great gifts and they are less than two dollars.
  • A personal coupon gift with coupons for dish duty, baby sitting or a massage can be used throughout the year.
  • A painting, poem or photograph is very personal and thoughtful.
  • A trip to see a local concert can be free or up to a ten dollar cover charge.
  • A favorite candy bar or box of candy with a card.
  • Things like gloves and scarves are inexpensive and great for people who you don’t see very often or who you know in a professional situation.
  • You could volunteer in their honor.  There are many places that could use your time this season.
  • A promise of study help for spring semester is a subject that you have mastered will be greatly appreciated.
  • Fun Socks!
  • Purchase a board game! Board games are fun and help unite people under a happy holiday mood.
  • Give someone a keepsake box.
  • Who doesn’t like a good book?
  • If a friend has a pet, treats are a great, thoughtful present!
  • Don’t forget cider!
  • Cooking ingredients: different cheeses, breads, nuts etc.
  • Share a favorite recipe!

About Sarah Polan

Sarah Polan entered New River Community College in the summer of 2008 at age 16 after being homeschooled her entire life. She had already been a member of the Roanoke Times "Edge" staff for two years at that point. Sarah came to New River with the dream of rebuilding the long forgotten school newspaper and with the help and encouragement of Janet Hanks and the IT staff, the online Knight Rider was born. Sarah has served as editor and contributing writer for three semesters and continues to coordinate and produce the e-paper biweekly. She also edits an on-line national publication for the Boy Scouts of America Southern Region Venturing division and will be contributing an article to the nationally published Scouting magazine blog. She has also provided a student blog post to the student organization VA21. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling in search of her dream college which she will transfer to next year.
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