Nov 252010
 

Yes, you can save money on Christmas gifts – and still love your spouse up! These romantic, inexpensive ideas range from creative wooden signs to love blogs.

Before the tips, a quip:

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

The beauty of saving money at Christmas is that it forces you to look at your love more closely, and find Xmas gifts that represent your partner and relationship. You can’t just run out and buy a new car or trip around the world! You need to consider your partner’s personality traits and lifestyle, and buy a gift that reflects who her or she is — and that brings you closer together as friends, as well as lovers.

One of the best gifts my husband ever gave me was a gorgeous wall sign that says “If you believe, all things are possible.” Wall signs like that, or a decorative wood signthat says “I love you” (pictured) are inexpensive, inspirational Christmas gifts. And they’re easy to make, if you were so inclined.

And here are a few more ways to save money on Christmas gifts for your partner…

How to Save Money on Christmas Gifts – Romantic, Inexpensive Ideas

“Travel” to a different country for the Christmas holidays. I’m not talking about spending money on a trip to Jamaica – this Xmas gift idea is much less expensive and more creative! Where has your partner always wanted to travel? What country does he love? What is his home country – where was he born? Create an Xmas gift for him that revolves around that part of the world. If he finds Jamaica fascinating, organize a Caribbean-themed day and evening, with Jamaican myths or fairy tales, traditions, food, and books. Many countries celebrate Christmas in different, exotic ways – and they all have different myths, gifts, foods, language, clothing, and celebrations. Bringing a country or city to your own home is a great way to save money on Christmas gifts. Make Christmas an experience.

Keep visiting vintage stores, thrift stores, and secondhand shops. If you keep going back to the thrift stores, you’re almost guaranteed to save money on Christmas gifts – and find a treasure! Those stores get new stock every hour, which means you need to make the store part of your daily or weekly routine until you find the right Xmas gift for him or her. My husband and I found our cat’s Christmas gift there – a terrific cat tree that is almost new. Vintage and secondhand stores often sell items still in their original packaging, and those Christmas gifts aren’t duplicates of the stuff you’ll find at WalMart, the Gap, or on Amazon. There, you might find the best way to say “I love you” at Christmas.

Create a Christmas blog or website. Starting a new website takes less than five minutes, and it’s a creative, fun way to say “Merry Christmas” to him or her. “Build a webpage with special content and pictures, and share it with friends and family members, so they can comment on it and add their own stories and memories,” says Kathleen McFall, who wrote The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Mystery with her husband, Clark Hays. They’ve been married for 11 years, and decided early on that “normal” anniversary, birthday, and Christmas gifts were unsatisfying and expensive. This online Xmas gift isn’t just a great way to save money on Christmas gifts – it’s the start of a whole new tradition for you and your partner.

Make a movie of your life together. Lifestyle design coach DeAnna Radaj, author of Move Your Couch, Change Your Life, says: “I love making videos on the easy-to-us movie software programs. Whether you’re a Mac or Microsoft user, they’re super easy to use. Take a special song and pictures/video snippets of you and your partner on dates, around the house, on vacation, and at events. Make ‘The Story of Us’ and give it to them.” Radaj adds that your movie doesn’t have to be an Oscar-worthy endeavor, and can only be 5-10 minutes long. The thought and effort is priceless – and it doesn’t cost much money.

Don’t spend money on Christmas wrapping paper, tags. Gift wrap – even when it’s on sale – is a waste of money. Use newspaper, kids’ artwork, magazines, maps, or calendars to wrap Xmas gifts for him or her. And, use mandarin orange or other boxes as gift boxes. “I save our clementine boxes every year and reuse them to create gorgeous gift baskets,” says Megan. “You can shred paper or paper bags to use as stuffing. Just top it off with a recycled bow from last Christmas and you’re set to go with an eco-friendly gift!” For a festive look, you can paint, colour, or paste natural decorations on the outside of the box. This is a great way to save money at Christmas – and it’s creative without being crafty.

Start your Christmas gift shopping early. December 24 and 25 will be here before you can say “Ho Ho Ho” – and shopping at the last minute will not help you save money on Christmas gifts! Most of these tips take a bit of time and planning, which means you need to get into Christmas shopping mode right now.

For more romantic ideas, read my favorite ways to surprise your spouse – tips for a successful marriage.

What do you think of these ways to save money on romantic, inexpensive gifts? I welcome your thoughts below!

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  One Response to “How to Save Money on Christmas Gifts – Romantic, Inexpensive Ideas”

  1. The worst Christmas gift I ever gave my husband was a Wii SuperMario Brothers game. He hardly ever plays it, and it wasn’t a romantic OR inexpensive gift.

    The best gift I gave him was a remote control toy helicopter :-)

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