Post # 1
Fiance and I found out last night that he is laid off again. We are unsure if he’ll find a job before Christmas, but crossing our fingers.
I am going to set a budget of at least $100 for the two of us. We both typically spend well over $100 for Christmas. I am just clueless as to what I can get him. I would rather buy a couple of presents for $100 than just one big present.
I know that I will be baking goodies for family members. Maybe something a little cheap here and there for the parents.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Post # 3
What are his interests?
I am always going to suggest home made things, I love it when Darling Husband makes me things and he always loves the things that I make for him. This year he is getting a quilt out of the crappy ugly cloths that I made him take out of his closet. The 80’s we great, but they will look better on the bed than on his back.
Post # 4
I am so sorry:(
Why not forego presents for the two of you? Darling Husband and I arent getting gifts for one another this year.
Definitely baked goods for family. I make magnet sets for people and they are really cute and cheap. Kind of like these – http://pinterest.com/pin/173338831/
You could also do homemade coasters, wreaths, or other DIY projects for cheap. Take a look at my pinterest board….lots of great DIY ideas. http://pinterest.com/clarerose/diy-ideas/
Do your family members have dogs? I have a great recipe for homemade dog biscuits!!
Post # 5
does he have a football team he likes? i’ve been eyeing this banner for my husband – but we have nowhere to hang them at the moment (no office, or mancave! haha) soon enough though.
check this out 100 days of homemade christmas (i love pinterest)
Post # 6
My husband & I will have set budgets this year. We have yet to come up with a # but anyways it will be under $100 because our one year anniversary is a few weeks before & we are going on a trip plus doing presents for that as well.
I am planning on getting him some boxers, pj’s, things for his ipod touch that he is getting for his bday this week & different things in his favorite sport, like car floor mats, ect.
Post # 7
My husband and I made each other presents for Christmas last year because he got laid off. It was the best Christmas ever. I made him a scarf and he made me jewelry. Seriously, think about making presents.
Post # 8
Personally, I am not a fan of a bunch of “little” gifts, unless you want to say, take $10 or $20 and get a few things like cozy socks, favorite 6 pack, etc; then spend the rest on something else.
Or, what about if you took the total ($100) and use it towards doing something together as your gift to each other? Perhaps two, hour long massages? (I bet you can find a $50 an hour rate.) Or, plan a day long date?
Post # 9
That’s lame, I’m sorry!
Darling Husband and I have a budget of $10. We usually end up getting eachother a gag gift, but I love it because it takes some serious thought to get a gift for under 10 that is actually useful in some manner. I think it’s sushi magnets this year!
I take mental notes about small things that he’s talked about throughout the course of the year and more often than not it’s usually something on that list that I end up getting him for Christmas.
I think your baking idea is fantastic!
Post # 10
Thank you for all the suggestions. =) I’m not too crafty, but maybe I can pull something off. Pinterest is pretty awesome and I’ll have to start spending hours on there again. 😉
Post # 11
It’s not for everyone, but Darling Husband and I generally have a “no presents” rule. We’d rather put our money toward something we both want (new TV, tickets to a great show, etc.) The small things for us aren’t worth the stress of shopping and planning. We like to make memories together. Best of luck to you both! It’s such a difficult time for so many people.
Post # 12
@AnnieAAA: That’s probably something I’d do, but he does need a lot of “small” things as well. My original plan was to do the small things and then one big gift, but spending more money.
Post # 13
sexy pics of yourself? lol! or i like the idea of using the $ towardfs something for the two of you.
Post # 14
My husband and I were thinking we would skip the gift giving for each other this year since we are purchasing a house (that’s a big gift!!) but I find it hard NOT to give… I was thinking I would get concert tickets (which would really be a gift for each of us)!
Post # 15
@Ashley1001: I am the same way. I am a giver; he is as well. It’s just how we are and were (and still are) pretty excited about Christmas. We feel the same around birthdays too.
Post # 16
@Rouquine: We’re this way too. In fact, in past years we have said “no gifts” and then ended up buying something for each other!! This year, we decided since we are going on vacation there’s really no need for any more stuff. I think using the money for something for both of you is a perfect compromise!