Category Archives: Gifts

A Frugal Christmas

So what does the frugal family do with those well-intentioned gifts that are not really wanted or needed? Here are some suggestions: • Sell them and save the money or use it to buy something you do need. • Give them away as a present to someone else – but be careful not to give […]


J from Whangarei writes, “Instead of buying a Piñata for a kid’s birthday, we made one. It’s easy. Coat an inflated balloon with paper mache, with the final coat being white paper. Leave an area at the bottom large enough to put goodies in. When dry pop the balloon and attach a string to the top. […]

Lofty, Kapiti Coast.

We have 4 Adult children and to spread the Xmas budget we have a roster that we work on. Year 1 A buys for B. Yr2 A buys for C. Yr3 A buys for D Yr 4. A buys for E. This roster rotates each year so every 5th year it starts again. A MAX […]


This year I was on a very tight budget so this year I decided to give a jewel I no longer wear as a Christmas gift. I made a pretty gift bag for it. I get most of my gifts from the dollar store like coin save or variety plus shops.

F.L., Auckland.

Cut the back off previous years cards and fold the front in half to make gift tags. This works best with patterned cards rather than a complete picture.

J.O. Christchurch.

For about 6 or 7 years I have been making my own greeting cards. I started by taking the insert out of the cards people had given to me, put a new one in and send them to someone else. Then someone was kind enough to give me off cuts from a printing firm and […]

Mean Girl, Hastings.

Our wider family got together and decided to limit Christmas gifts to $2 per person. That way nobody is too disappointed when they don’t get anything flash. After all what do you expect $2? So what can you give for $2? •Photos with a message printed across them, from digital machines. • Photo frame, brought […]

SG, Wellington.

My daughter loves to give her teacher a gift each year. Not costly, around $10. However, this year, she decided that she wanted to give a gift to 3 other teachers and also those who care for her after school. I realised this was going to be too costly so made a batch of Russian […]