My kids and I are working on some gifts that are different and inexpensive. Here are a few suggestions
1. Buy cups at thrift stores and put in little baggies with directions on how to make hot chocolate: Here is a recipe
Natural Hot Chocolate
Instructions: Combine 1/4 cup organic dark cocoa powder, 3/4 cup superfine organic cane sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Vietnamese if possible) in a bowl. Mix 2-3 tablespoons into 1 cup hot water or milk.
2. Give gifts that reflect peoples’ dreams. For example, if you know someone wants to build a house, get them a decoration or something that even in a tiny way will help them build their house–like a package of nails. Go to thrift stores and just concentrate on what are the needs of the people you want to nurture–you. You can also cut out pictures in magazines and make a dream board or notebook that help them visualize and pray about their dreams.
3. Thrift stores: Make a list of the people you want to give gifts, and just start browsing around. Books are a great place to start. Games are another. Containers to help them be organized are great. You will be surprised at how many things jump out at you that could nurture people.
I would love to hear your suggestions on home made and creative gifts.