By Shelly Gigante
Shelly Gigante specializes in personal finance issues. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications and news websites.
A handmade scarf, baked goods, a cherished photo in a nice frame. Gifts for friends and family during the holiday season need not break the bank. In fact, some of the most meaningful gifts you can give are virtually free.
“The best gifts always come from the heart, because you know that person is thinking about you and not just running down to the store and picking up what they think is the hottest gift,” said Aileen Avery in an interview, author of Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving. “They actually gave it some thought.”
Zero- and low-cost gifts are not only potentially more thoughtful, but they can also help keep your budget in check, so you don’t spend months after the holidays digging out of high-interest debt, a scenario that is all too common. Continue reading “Low-cost gift ideas for the holidays”