Category: Gift Ideas

10 Cheap and Meaningful Gifts for Christmas

A cool and inexpensive gift may be right under your nose.

Christmas is a time to share joy, kindness, and generosity. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money and end the holidays with a debt hangover. It also doesn’t mean you need to buy cheap, useless goods just to have them discarded after a few months. Let’s make this Christmas a green Christmas – environmentally-friendly and wallet-friendly! Here are my top ten meaningful green Christmas gifts: (more…)

5 Meaningful (and inexpensive) Gifts for Mother’s Day

personalized notes in a jar
These gifts are not just inexpensive; they are priceless!

Being a good, responsible, and dedicated mother is perhaps one of the hardest jobs in the world. There are no off days or sick days. You get no salary, no benefits package, and the working conditions and hours can be insane. But the role does come with huge upside potential – a lifetime of purpose, memories, rewards, personal growth, and meaning. So why would I “cheapen” this by opting for an inexpensive Mother’s Day gift? (more…)

Free (or Low-Cost) Things to Do on Valentine’s Day (updated)

Cheap dates for cheapskates.

I haven’t really found a restaurant or venue with a special Valentine’s Day meal that is, what I would consider, value-conscious. It seems that most places just by virtue of adding the three words, “Valentine’s Day Special” double their prices while giving you maybe just slightly more than their usual offerings. But I have found several free events and activities, for those who want to do something other than (or in addition to) having a nice meal. Here are my top suggestions for free or inexpensive things to do on Valentine’s Day or on Valentine’s weekend. (more…)