This year has been tough for a lot of Tasmanians. Now that we are well and truly nearing the end of the year, you might be starting to worry about finding the perfect Christmas gifts. And if you’re really unlucky, it might even be your turn to host this year’s Christmas do.
But take a deep breath and remember that Christmas Day is about spending time with your loved ones, not throwing stacks of cash at them. It’s more than possible to give fun, meaningful gifts on a budget. We’ve put together a short list of inexpensive Christmas gifts that would impress even Ebenezer Scrooge himself!
Homemade gifts let the receiver know they are loved. And desserts are the pinnacle of homemade gifts, because they are filled with love and they taste delicious! Simply whip up a batch of your favourite treat on Christmas Eve. Some dessert ideas include peppermint patties, gingerbread, toffee, or The Ultimate Chocolate Brownie from Meander Valley Dairy.
If cooking isn’t your thing, there are many other types of ‘do it yourself’ gifts you can give. You could give a homemade card, bookmark, Christmas ornament, or jewellery. Flex your creative muscles and reduce stress while you make a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones. Get started with picking up some craft supplies from Art Supplies Tasmania.
Who doesn’t love a gift that’s both pretty and practical? There are so many fantastic local soap makers that create works of art with classic Tasmanian scents like Leatherwood Honey and Lemon Myrtle. Check out The Tasmanian Soap and Skincare Company's handmade soaps that start at as little as $7.50AUD.
Potted plants have grown in popularity in recent years and it’s easy to see why. They're a great present because they can brighten up a space and lift your spirits. Even a small, hand-sized potted plant can make a big impression. Add a personal touch by decorating with ribbons, gift tags or even polaroid pictures.
Hot tip: you can get gorgeous, healthy plants for a bargain from stallholders at events like the Evandale Market.
Beeswax wraps are a gift for your loved one and for the planet. They’re a natural, plastic-free alternative to traditional disposable cling wrap products. They’re the gift that keeps on giving, as the recipient will think of you every time they open their fridge. They can last over a year, but at the end of their time, you can integrate them through the compost. Beekeep beeswax wraps are produced in North West Tasmania and come in a variety of patterns and colours.
This Christmas you can honour your loved ones and your bank account. Happy holidays!
The small, small print: Please note this information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives. You should consider this before acting on any of the information contained.