By ALEXANDRIA BACA
The winter holidays are supposed to be a time of giving thanks and celebrating the company of family and friends. I always get a little stressed out, though, at the thought of exchanging gifts. When I was younger, my parents would give my three sisters and I some cash, drop us off at the local mall and we’d spend the day in alternating pairs, buying gifts for the family.
Since I’ve become financially independent, my budget is a little tighter, and I get an icky feeling in the pit of my stomach when I know I’m just buying presents for someone to maintain the status quo.
I’ve spent the past few years practicing giving alternative gifts: nonmaterial items or things that tend to be homemade and more heartfelt. Here are some of the best budget-friendly gift ideas I’ve seen:
I’m also an experienced knitter, so I’ve been known to whip up hats or sweaters with leftover yarn in my stash for quick, easy gifts to give loved ones. If you’re the crafty type, try looking at websites like Etsy or Pintrest for inspiration.
Alexandria Baca is a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Missouri.
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