The year is fairly new still, with many months ahead. Months of holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, etc. And with these events, you may get invited to parties and need to bring a gift. If you have a large family and circle of friends, you might be attending several parties a month. If your budget is tight, how can you afford all these gifts?
One of the best ways to save on gifts is to make homemade items. If you are crafty, this works especially well. Knit a scarf, sew a t-shirt quilt, or embroider an apron. If crafts aren't your cup of tea, then go for home-baked goodies. Bake some bread, can some jellies, or make chocolate covered treats. Wrap them in colorful cellophane or wrap a ribbon around a box, and it makes for a pretty, but inexpensive gift. For bridal showers or weddings, add a few inexpensive items like mixing spoons, and tie on some recipes for the new bride.
Jewelry and soap are other items you can easily make. There is an initial investment for tools and supplies, but you will save money in the long run from buying these items retail.
If you love to take photos, why not enlarge and frame some for the family? Look for frames on sale, and make a nice collage for grandma. Or put together a photo album of the honored guest.
The ideas are endless. And the most valuable gift you can give anyone is the gift of your time.