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.
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?