Big Gifting Small Budget

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. As is a lean pocketbook. As one who finds much value and joy in the giving and receiving of gifts, a tight budget forces me to be creative and simple in gifting. While my mind dreams of big and extravagant gifts, my desire for stewardship brings the focus back around to the heart and motive to bless.

Time is a rare commodity; it shows itself valuable through effort and availability when money cannot. And while many of us would almost rather find time, than money, growing on trees, God faithfully provides for both.

So, do you need some ideas to get you started? Funny you should ask! I'm here to please. {grin}

Here are just a few ways to show you care extravagantly on a budget:

1. Hand-write a letter, and send it through the old fashioned postal service. 2. Buy MP3's of good music off Amazon or iTunes, and make a mix...just like you did in junior high. 3. Make a meal for someone. 4. Fresh bread and homemade preserves always says "I love you." 5. Anything handmade, even if it's not *perfect* 6. A special book is a gift that keeps on giving. 7. Plan an outing with an old friend, like you are trying to impress a date. 8. Personalized gifts, no matter how small, are always significant. Don't you like to see your initial or name on special things? 9. Always say what you need to say. 10. It's easy to be extravagant when you "...in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you..." (Matthew 7:12)

What are some ways you gift and express love for others in big ways on a small budget?