I use the bounty of summer to fill my gift closet. I find it a simpler and more frugal way to meet all of my gift giving needs. I use hikes, farmer’s markets, and yard sales as giant department stores full of gift giving ideas for all my loved ones.
When going for a walk or hike, I keep an eye out for berries that can be canned, mushrooms that can be dried, interesting stones and other bits that can be used in crafts, etc. These items, like pine cones, make great additions to gift baskets and wrapping for a little extra touch.
The farmer’s market and garden offer me a multitude of items for gift giving. I make sure to try new canning recipes that would make interesting gifts, just yesterday I made some brandied apricot preserves which will be great additions to Christmas gift baskets. All those interesting recipes from the canning books, come in handy for gift giving ideas. Putting a basket full of home canned items together makes a welcome gift for most folks, in my experience.
Yard saling isn’t just entertainment. It’s a great way to find collectibles, vintage books, baskets and more. The trick is exercising enough self-control to make thrifty finds about gift-giving or actual needs, not excuses to clutter up our homes. It’s not about giving 10 cent used socks, it is about finding items that will bring pleasure to those we love.
Remember, to use these last remaining months of summer to fill those gift giving needs. In the end, it’ll make your holidays less stressful and more frugal.