When the first
pumpkin arrives in the farmer�s market, I start thinking
about the impending holidays. Holiday shopping in autumn?
Absolutely! The more time you have to think carefully about
your gift list, the more likely you are to spend less. Here
is a list of inexpensive gift ideas to consider this holiday
� Make a photo calendar. Either purchase one or create one
with your personal computer. Select photos of yourself, your
family, even your pets! If culling through your photo
collection seems to be too much work, use stamps, children�s
art, or stickers to fill the pages.
� For similar aged cousins, compile your children�s favorite
songs onto an audio tape. Consider speaking on the tape
yourself for an added personal touch. Who knows? You might
want to know what your voice sounded like twenty years from
� Make a videotape of the year�s footage and send it to
� If you own a CD burner and digital camera, make a CD of
pictures that you have taken with your digital camera
throughout the year. People can pick and choose their
favorites, and it saves you time from getting the pictures
� Purchase one ream of colorful paper and make personalized
stationery for everyone in your family.
� Make a photo album and accompanying audio tape with a
narration about the photos.
� Write a children�s story.
� For the person who has everything, consider donating a sum
to your favorite charity in the person�s name.
� Create a coupon book for your partner or close friend
which can be good for one date, a movie night, a video,
babysitting, or whatever.
� Purchase an inexpensive kite and write a note saying �The
first flight must be flown with yours truly.�
With a little forethought, gift giving can be fun! As my
mama says, it truly is the thought that counts.
Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of Diary of a Mother:
Parenting Stories and Other Stuff, is a freelance writer and
busy mother of two. She holds a BA in political science from
Smith College and an MA in International Relations, German
and English Literature from the University of Constance,
Germany. Visit her web site for more of her writing at:
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