This time of year can be hard on someone with a limited income and a desire to give. Every advertisement urges us to buy something for the holidays. I even received a flyer promoting giving a furnace check-up as a gift. Since I haven’t been spending all year making and shopping for Christmas presents, I thought I would take a look to see what I might find for less than $50, including shipping. Etsy abounds with handmade and vintage items for the shopper on a tight budget. For this collection I have chosen things I would love to receive and would be even happier to give.
[Clockwise from top left: Fig cookies from Darn Good Cookie Company; Dog and cat friendly treats from VisuaLingual; DIY ginger ale homebrew kit from WildRoseHerbs; Mozzarella and ricotta DIY cheese kit from Urban Cheesecraft]
For the annoying person who does not want anything, food is an excellent solution. It can be shared with others and it does not stick around, taking up space.
[Clockwise from top: Atlas map envelopes from Keeley Behling Studios; Jewelry box flower embroidery from Windy River; Turquoise bowl with flowers from Kelim Pottery; Vintage style step stool from Circle Creek Home; Bedside bottle and cup from kitpaulson]
For the person who leads a simple life, practicality combined with beauty is a good choice.
[Clockwise from top: Recycled aluminum can helicopter from Rigor’s Hanger; Severed leg catnip toy from Life with Tigers; Mini haiku book from greenchairpress; Novio en una Botella from gnomesweetgnome; “Good dog” original linocut card from AntheaArt]
For the person with a sense of humor and a love of craft, whimsy without cuteness will hit the spot.
[Clockwise from top left: Bliss bracelet from BeadsStory; Mail book from badbooks; Natural car freshener from Sam’s Natural; 2012 tea towel calendar embroidery kit from curiousdoodles; Swirly pop YUMMI purse from YUMMI shop]
Sometimes an item just jumps up and flashes a friend’s name proclaiming, “I’m the one!”
Time spent thinking of a loved one who may be far away brings that person closer. Shopping on Etsy allows us to find just the right item to convey our care and best wishes!