Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Budget Challenge

This year, my husband and I are lucky enough to be celebrating Christmas with both our mothers together! For the first year in our relationship, we're not doing the 3+ stop holiday road trip. We've narrowed it down to two - one in Canada, and the other in Belgium (but that's for another post).

As we come together in a bigger group this year, we've agreed to place less emphasis on shopping and gift giving, and more emphasis on spending a fun time together. Hence, the Christmas Budget Challenge: to spend no more than $50 on gifts for any other person.

For me, this will most definitely be a challenge.

I love the holidays. L-O-V-E LOVE the holidays. I love shopping busy malls right up to the last minute. You'll find me, Starbucks Peppermint Latte in hand, wandering the Eaton Centre the afternoon of the 23rd, singing along to the Christmas Carols we've all heard one to many times and lining up with other last minute shoppers to get that small garnish gift or neat stocking stuffer. Most of all, I love spoiling the people I love. They'll always deserve that one more gift, or item that made me smile and think of them.

But, in the spirit of fairness and an experience-based, non-materialistic Christmas, I'm going to give this budget challenge my best shot.

To stretch my gift budget a little farther and to keep myself out of the malls, I'm taking on a few DIY projects inspired by the Happy Housewife's 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts.

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