A bud­get Christ­mas

Country Smallholding - - TIM'S TIPS -

It’s great to have a tra­di­tional fam­ily Christ­mas – some­thing that small­hold­ers, with all their home grown grub, are par­tic­u­larly good at – but the over-com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of the fes­tive sea­son is some­thing that really tries our pa­tience. A nice an­ti­dote to all the hype is to agree a really tiny bud­get for Christ­mas presents amongst fam­ily and friends of, let’s say, just £ 2 per per­son, which gives ev­ery­one an in­ter­est­ing (and fun) chal­lenge as they go about their sea­sonal shop­ping. Char­ity shops are a good bet for cheap books and small items of crock­ery, and larger (more ex­pen­sive) items such as sec­ond-hand cloth­ing or cur­tains pro­vide a ready source of fab­ric for con­vert­ing into a num­ber of smaller per­son­alised gifts, such as bags or hats. Sim­i­larly, craft items such as card, glue, rib­bon etc, or the in­gre­di­ents re­quired for making sweets, may them­selves cost more than £ 2, but give scope for the man­u­fac­ture of a num­ber of hand-made presents, each of which would come in at be­low the bud­get. Car boot sales might also be worth a visit, as might cost­cut­ting stores such as Lidl and Pound Stretcher. Once you en­ter into the spirit of the money-saving thing you may be sur­prised at how far £ 2 can be made to go. * See ‘Scrooge’s ideas’: page 29

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