5 Christmas Gift Ideas if You are on a Tight Budget | Beyond Small Talk

One thing that makes Christmas merry is gift-giving. A Christmas party won’t be fun without the traditional exchange gift portion Filipinos are used to. 

However, this year’s Christmas gift-giving might not be too merry especially if you’re on a tight budget. The pandemic may not be over soon, and you may have realized that you need to save in times of crisis. 

Here’s good news: You can still give Christmas gifts to your loved ones without burning a hole in your pocket! 

Here are 5 budget-friendly Christmas gift ideas from Beyond Small Talk and The 700 Club Asia host Camilla Kim-Galvez: 

Gift Idea #1: Cook homemade food 

Do you know how to cook or bake? You can never go wrong with giving baked goodies or cooking sumptuous meals for your friends or loved ones. Ask them about their favorite food and cook it for them. 

As Camilla says, just wrap it up in a nice packaging and you’ve got yourself a gift made with love.  

Gift Idea #2: Share your artwork 

Do you love to draw or paint? Use that God-given talent and bless others with it.  

You can go from simply gifting a portrait or landscape painting and having it framed or have it printed on a shirt or other useful household items. 

Gift Idea #3: Accessorize an existing shirt or jeans 

Did your spouse accidentally burn a hole on his favorite shirt? Get a scrap cloth and sew them on just like what Camilla did.  

Gifts doesn’t always have to be new. Be creative in upcycling old shirts and jeans from materials you can find inside your home. 

Gift Idea #4: Collect memories into a scrapbook or photobook 

Don’t you want to sometimes deviate from all things digital and try for once to go back to a time where things are not seen through a screenSure, your loved ones would like that, too! 

Print photos and make a scrapbook for themYou can cut out designs and add colored tapes and stickers. You can also write encouraging words, messages from other people, and prayers for them in the scrapbook.  

Gift Idea #5: Write storybook, poem, or a love letter 

If your loved one’s love language is “words of affirmation”, write them a storybook, a poem, or a love letter. “It can really help build them up,” says Camilla. 

As Proverbs 18:21 NIV says, The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Your words can bring life to someone. Make sure to compliment, appreciate, affirm, and encourage your loved ones during this Christmas! 

Your Christmas gift ideas don’t have to be all about material things. What matters is the thought that accompanies the gift. If you are still thinking about the best gift to give this Christmas, find inspiration in 1 Peter 4:10 NIV: 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 

The Lord has already given you the gifts which you can use to bless others. He has given you a unique set of passions, talents, and capabilities, you can surely tap into to make others happy. Use those gifts and point to the greatest Giver of all. 

This Christmas, apart from the fun brought by exchanging gifts, may we also remember the greatest gift the world has ever received – salvation and eternal life through Jesus. 

Do you also want to receive this gift? 

Do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center anytime at 8737-0700 and we would love to pray for you. 

Watch out for the next webisode of Beyond Small Talkthis Saturday, 7:00 PM on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube Channel! 

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