Easter Gifts on a Budget

I think there is a bit of a common misconception that holidays like Easter cost very little.

Sometimes an extra £10 or £20 out of the budget is just TOO much in itself. But if friends buy your children £4 eggs rather than 99p ones it can all get very pricey to return the favour, particularly if you have a big family and/or a lot of friends.

Easter gifts on a budget

 

On Easter Sunday we are meeting up with out extended family. There will be about 12 of us. We will take a gift for everyone and little eggs would just look like poor relations to the big ones they will buy . But £40 on chocolate is a fortune (plus I have  another 5 nephews, friends kids to buy for. Hmmm.

On top of this my children have 2 weeks off school which will mean I stop work and they will want to be out and about and entertained so I don’t want to blow my spending budget on buying people chocolate.

My maxim when in situations like this is KNOW  your budget and if you can’t compete DON’T COMPETE do something different and cheaper but make it special.

Here are some gift ideas for under £1 which would be really welcome

  • A photo of your children standing amongst some daffodils would be a lovely gift for grandparents/aunts /uncles and close friends.Simple frames can be bought from the pound shop and you can print these up for mere pennies.
  • A little crocus in a pot painted by your child will be adored and can cost as litlte as 99p
  •  A couple of  sunflower seeds in an envelope with instructions written on and a little pot with a bag of soil popped inside will costs very little. You  may want to add some carrot seeds to. Easter is a great time to get kids gardening. This will costs very little and is great to give one each to a family.
  • A little bunch of daffs tied with red ribbon always touch the heart.
  • A little hand written spring cleaning note for an older relative saying Happy Easter, for your gift I will come and spring clean your kitchen. This will cost you nothing but time but may well be worth it’s weight in gold
  • With friends why not speak up quickly and suggest a pressie amnesty, Maybe instead the children could exchange a book they have loved with a friend or an egg they have decorated!
  • Check out the pound shops it’s quite amazing what you can get for a £1.and and I certainly prefer my kids to get a craft kits rather than all chocolate!

Do you have any eggstra budget Easter ideas?

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13 Comments

  1. Jen Stanbrook
    April 3, 2012 / 08:06

    Some great tips and ideas here Becky. I for one would much rather spend my Easter hols budget on taking the children out and about, so will be using some of these tips to keep the cost down. Thank you!

    • Becky
      April 5, 2012 / 07:13

      Great stuff jen yep experience s win hands down over stuff!

  2. The Thrifty Mum
    April 3, 2012 / 10:30

    I love this post! It’s so true, the cost racks up really quickly. I love your alternative gift ideas, I’d be over the moon to receive any of those.

    I really like the suggestion to have a gift amnesty. I’d hate it if a friend I know is struggling with money bought Thrifty Baby something because they felt they had to. I think it’s also really good for children to learn that they don’t receive something from everyone, every time.

    In my experience though, someone (well-meaning!) usually breaks the gift amnesty and defeats the point of it!

    x

    • Becky
      April 5, 2012 / 07:13

      Thankkyou and yes thats my experience too!

  3. March 28, 2015 / 12:57

    Some great ideas. And I’m all in favour of gifts which are NOT chocolate. My kids get enough of it the rest of the year. It’s lovely to have something which celebrates the start of Spring.
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  4. March 28, 2015 / 22:38

    Some lovely ideas – love the crocus pot idea.
    We bought our easter eggs when they were on super good early offer back at the start of the month. The key then is to hide them somewhere that you won’t be tempted to eat them!
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  5. March 29, 2015 / 08:23

    Just pinned this Becky, what a great post. So thoughtful, and so many lovely ideas 🙂 xx
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  6. March 29, 2015 / 09:24

    What lovely ideas! I always hated the amount of chocolate the children were given and put a stop to it, A friend of mine has used your sunflower seed idea in the party bags for her daughters birthday – and then later in the year they’ll have a tallest flower competition!
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  7. March 29, 2015 / 20:36

    Lots of great alternatives there. Think my favourite has to be the crocus in the pot, perhaps with instructions to plant it in the garden once it’s finished flowering? I hate my kids getting huge amounts of chocolate, because it ends up languishing in the cupboard (begging me to eat it usually!) so I normally end up making a giant batch of brownies with it once they have had enough, and then I feel guilty about people spending a lot of money on it in the first place…

  8. March 30, 2015 / 12:30

    Some top tips there. As we’re the only ones in our family with kids at the moment we kind of avoid the whole Easter gift giving frenzy, but I can see how it could so easily add up to quite a lot if you give it half a chance.
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  9. March 30, 2015 / 13:38

    A plethora of fab tips there,

    While I’d love to avoid Easter and the hype (prefer a good springtime bikeride) the kids say otherwise though so Easter on a budget is an important thing for me.
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