After some of the financial challenges of this year it seems like there going to be more people who don’t have much cash for Christmas gifts this year. If you are in a tight spot this year and want to have a debt-free Christmas, then we need to get a little creative.
Get some Christmas money from Ebay
You still have time to sell off unwanted stuff on Ebay before Christmas. Believe it or not, you really can make a few hundred bucks pretty easily by selling stuff around the house. I wrote a full article on how to sell stuff on Ebay.
Decorating for Christmas without much money
I was in the local thrift store the other day and I saw all kinds of Christmas decorations that were NEW and still in the box at super cheap prices. We are just about overflowing with Christmas lights and ornaments, so I didn’t dare buy anymore. But, it is an idea that I will keep in mind.
Make your Christmas decorations
Some of my favorite decorations are natural ones! The beauty of this is that they are often the cheapest as well!
Last year I made my own Christmas wreath from chopping off the lower branches of our fresh-cut tree. They also make great centerpieces if you put them in a vase or on the mantle of the fireplace.
Pinecones are also a great inexpensive decoration. You can place them on shelves, fill a vase, use them as ornaments, spraypaint them festive colors, the list goes on and on.
Remember popcorn strings? You know, you just run a needle and thread through a bunch of popcorn then hang it on the tree. Just keep it away from the dogs .
Christmas gift-giving without much money
If you are strapped on cash this year I have your solution. For guys give them food. For girls write them a long letter telling them how much you care. I am kind of joking, but not too much. I will always be happy with a batch of fresh homemade cookies as a gift!
Other “I don’t have any money for Christmas” gift ideas
Have everyone in your family make gifts. If everyone is doing it, it minimizes the “peer pressure” that Christmas sometimes brings. It doesn’t have to be a craft, you can make just about anything. Just Google it and you will probably find a video of someone showing you how to make whatever it is.
Give away things you already have. I am obviously not suggesting that you give away the junk that you don’t want. But if you have something that is of value that someone else will want, why not? Use it as an opportunity to pass along something that is valuable to you.
Cook your recipient dinner. Rather than buying a gift certificate to a restaurant, why not give them your hospitality instead?