Christmas is a very expensive time of the year and trying to do it on a budget whilst keeping everyone happy can be a real strain. Over the next few weeks I will be posting all my tips for a happy but inexpensive Christmas (and none of them involve going to Iceland!).
For friends and family I often make IOU’s. I print them out nicely and put them in festive gold/red envelopes ( gold/red envelopes can be brought very cheaply on eBay or in Poundland). I try to make the IOU’s relevant to each person. For example my friends with children might get IOU’s for 4 hours of baby sitting. A friend who friend loves her garden but finds it hard to do pruning gets an IOU for a day’s gardening.
I have one friend who hates changing her bed (it takes her a long time because she is disabled) so I give her an IOU for 12 bed changes. Last year she told me it was her best present!
IOU’s can be as personal as you like and I find they are very well received. They might cost you time but they don’t cost you money and I find whilst a friend might not like to ask you a big favour like pruning their trees or changing a bed they are much happier cashing in an IOU!
More Christmas tips coming soon…and A happy Christmas to all that read my blog!