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Dear Caring Clementine,

I have a great group of friends, and I want to be able to give them all Christmas presents, because I want to show them how much I appreciate them. However, I don’t have a job and I don’t want to use all of my savings buying gifts. How can I still show my friends that I care without breaking the bank?

Sincerely,

Broke Best Friend

 

Dear Broke Best Friend,

Christmas shopping can be stressful, especially when you think your friend deserves a whole island but you can only afford a candle. The best way to show your appreciation is through gifts that have meaning to them. Here are three ways you can feel satisfied with the gifts that you are giving;

1. Secret Santa

If you have a big group of friends, anonymously picking just one friend to buy for can be less stressful. Secret Santa gift exchanges can be fun because you can spend time picking out a sincere gift for just one of your friends that you will know they’ll love. Also, set a maximum dollar amount for your gifts; no more than 20 dollars is a good amount for a decent gift.

2.DIY Gifts

No purchased gift could compare to a well thought out and handmade gift. DIY gifts can be fun to make and don’t cost a lot of money.  One idea could be a decorated picture frame with a picture of you and your friend. Follow the steps below.

1)Purchase a photo frame. There are variety of shapes and sizes you could experiment with, depending on the size and shape of the picture you are using. (Dollar Tree $1)

2)Have a hard copy of a picture. (Walmart <$1)

3)Use puffy paint, colorful markers, and cute stickers to decorate the frame. (Dollar Tree or Walmart <$5)

Click on the link to find 51 other homemade gift ideas!

 3. Food!

Everyone loves a tin of homemade sugar cookies or a sheet of dark chocolate brownies. An easy way to make your friends happy is make their tummy smile with your delicious baking. Not a good baker? Follow this simple sugar cookie recipe.

Remember, any gift with meaning has more value than an overly expensive purchased gift. Christmas is a time of giving but also a time to spend time and appreciate your loved ones.

Happy Holidays!

Love, Caring Clementine.

 

 

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