Christmas is about different things for different people. There are commonalities though. Among them are giving and helping though. Toward that there are some very frugal Christmas ideas that you can enjoy with others this year at Christmas. These are ideas that can connect you with new people and that can genuinely help some of the people that you are closest to.
Give the Gift of Service
This is a two-fold idea. These frugal Christmas ideas have the potential to create real good in the lives of many including the ones that you hold dear.
Volunteer. There are startling numbers of people that are in need of help. The volunteer opportunities that exist are diverse too. You might choose to only share one weekend or one day each week. Those that you help will likely appreciate it and this is one of the frugal Christmas ideas that involves direct giving. There are opportunities from food banks to providing health care.
You can bring your friends and family along on these occasions too. They will have the opportunity to give something and share something with you.
Similarly consider choosing one week around Christmas that you give service to someone in your close circle. If everyone in your group of friends agrees then everyone can likely receive too. Depending on the level of need that exists in your group the week of service may be simple. In some cases your week may turn into a month. There are people that are out of a job, and some that are having other problems. By simply offering help for some time around the holidays you may be able to provide the individual with a much improved outlook.
Consider going away for the weekend. Instead of exchanging gifts ask your group of friends if they would like to go away for the weekend. Vacations may not seem like frugal Christmas ideas, but when you consider that most people spend hundreds of dollars on gifts you may realize the savings. If you have a group of six to eight friends you could potentially spend far less on a weekend getaway than you would have spent on gifts for everyone. The enjoyment of the time that you share and the experience may last a bit longer than the joy of a sweater too.
Set a Value Limit
Setting a price limit for gift exchanges can make for frugal Christmas ideas. You might find that some inventive gifts are swapped too. There will likely be more gifts with meaning compared to functionality. You might even see the emergence of the long-abandoned home-made gifts. In all when friends and family come together the result is to be happiness and often that is not totally reliant on the gifts. A smile is free.
There a many different ways to give and receive that do not cost as much as you spent last season. When you are required to spend less because of monetary restrictions beyond your control that may be an obstacle to the holiday spirit. In years when everyone is getting everything they want simple gifts seldom irritate. Being sensitive to the realities that people are existing in and doing what you can to make their reality more like what they want can be among the best of gifts.