In November, 2013, the average consumer spent $704 on Christmas gifts. That number was down from $770 in 2012 (source). I don’t have an exact amount we spend on Christmas because I’ve never kept track but Christmas is my favorite Holiday! Instead of letting finances get in the way of Christmas fun … we get creative!
How To Fund Christmas
Christmas was much simpler with the extended family last year. We each brought a $10 gift and played the Dirty Santa game!
Here’s what we did:
- Draw #’s (put enough numbers in for each participant)
- #1 picks a gift first
- #2 can steal #1’s gift or choose a new one from the pile
- #3 can steal #1 or #2’s gifts or choose a new one
- each gift can be stolen up to three times before it is frozen
- at the end, #1 can steal any gift that hasn’t been frozen or keep the one they have to end the game
Earning Extra Money
I often sell things we no longer use on ebay and use the money earned as our Christmas fund.
We often give a simple home made gift or a bag of specialty coffee (we do live in Washington State) to my husband’s family members. Of course, shipping is crazy so we’ve also been known to send gift cards to the movies or a coffee place.
We do enjoy Black Friday shopping! When the kids were younger, we found excellent deals this way.
I am thinking of making a ‘crunchy’ gift for my husband’s co-workers this year. Only because he has told them I make my own deodorant and calls me his ‘hippie wife’! I do want it to be something they’ll actually use so I’m thinking of sewing up some flax seed bags!
One year we had tons of fun ‘Tinseling’. We left a cute little box full of Christmas fun on friends’ doorsteps, rang the bell, and ran. This is great for friends you want to do something special for but don’t want them to feel awkward and like they need to reciprocate.
Justine threw an ‘Ugly Sweater Christmas Party’ at our house! It was so much fun that Jack decided he wanted to have a party too … minus the ugly sweaters.
It’s YOUR turn! How do you fund Christmas?!