Reader Holiday Tip: Send Christmas Cheer All Month Long Without Breaking the Bank…
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Holiday Tip (sent in by reader, Jaclyn)…
I have a holiday tip (gift idea) to share. Every year I struggle to come up with great gift ideas for the grandmothers in my family. I love to give them things that they love, without giving them things that simply fill up their houses and are not really needed.
Last year, I came up with a gift idea I called the “25 Days of Christmas”. Each day of December, I sent something to my husband’s grandmother, who lives across the country from us. Some of the items that I sent included: art created by my young daughter, photo cards, letters written by each member of our family, photos of our family with a description of what event/occasion the photos were taken at, and Christmas cards. I tried mixing up the types of items I would send each day.
To tie the gift together and help her know that the piece of mail was part of her 25 Days of Christmas gift, I created special labels to place on the outside of each envelope I sent her. I used blank address labels printed with the words “25 Days of Christmas” at the top and then the Day number below that. The labels helped decorate the backs of the envelopes and helped me stay organized on which item to mail each day.
My grandmother-in-law loved receiving a piece of fun mail every day of the month. It gave her something to look forward to. I had fun deciding what items to send to her, and enjoyed getting input from my husband and daughter. It was such a hit that I decided to do the same thing again this year, for all three of our grandmother’s!
To prepare for the 25 mailings for each grandmother, I have created photo cards using the deals offered by Shutterfly. I have jumped at the chance each time Hip2save has posted the deal for 10 free photo cards and I now have multiple cards ready to go for each grandmother!
Throughout the year I have used Viggle (iTunes or Android Devices (Google Play))and Swagbucks to earn Amazon gift cards, which has allowed me to buy supplies without having to spend my own money. I’ve also used the fantastic deals posted on Hip2save to get free printer paper (for some of the art) and find deals on printer ink and address labels.
NOTE FROM COLLIN – Sorry for getting this wonderful reader holiday idea up so late (I know – it’s already December… time is sure flying by!). However, you could do a shortened version this year – maybe 10 or 15 Days of Christmas. Also, be sure to keep this idea in mind for next year. And note that you really could do this anytime of year to make someone feel special. For example, you could do it for a loved one during their birthday month!