Are you a creative person?  Do you have talents that could help other people? Do you like to coupon and find deals? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be able to use your gifts or talents to save money.

I don’t know about you, but I know gift giving can be a big expense in my household budget between birthdays, Christmas, weddings, baby showers, and the list goes on. So instead of paying for these presents, consider using your creative talents to make an one-of-a-kind, unique present for these occasions.

At the baby shower for my son, I received several handmade blankets and quilts which my son loved.  These individuals used their sewing skills to make my son a present. What a great idea! Or maybe you are good at photography? Consider taking a family or child’s portraits as a gift giving option. Or maybe you are handy around the house or outside? Consider giving your time to helping someone clean, organize, or decorate areas around their house. The list of skills and talents goes on and on. Find what you are good at and think about the gifts that you could give.

Maybe you read through this article and thought to yourself, “I’m not really creative at anything” (which you probably are but just can pinpoint your unique specialty). Or maybe you thought, “I don’t have time to use my skills as a gift option.” Instead, use your deal finding or couponing skills to get relatively inexpensive gifts. When you spot freebies or cheap items that you may not need, hold onto them and stock up on gifts that you could use for various occasions. I have actually received big baskets of useful household items as Christmas presents before, which turned out to be some of the best presents I had ever received. So when you get these items, really think through how you could put them together to make some really great presents.

Do you have a way that you have saved on gift giving? Have you received a really thoughtful, unique present someone made for you? Please share in a comment below or in my Submissions area.

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