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Thrifty Holiday Gifts for Girls


Over at Rocks inĀ  My Dryer the theme for the weekly what works for me is Toys! With Eid. and every other major holiday happening in December it is gift giving time again. So what to give, what does every girl want and how can one do it and still be frugal. My dear daughter is now at that tough preteen age. Not quite a child not quite a teen.

Here are some things that we gave over the Years that kept her occupied for hours. All are good and were well used over and over, making them great investments.

1. Ello– the girl version of Lego. My girl spent many an hour building every kind of creation with it.

2. Dressup Clothes- here I bought a large Rubbermaid Container and filled it with finds from the dollar store and my local thrift shop.

3. Art Supplies- for my girl, last year she recieved a 100 pc art kit, and this is still used as creative play is a good thing. You can do this frugally by getting a basket and filling it with art items from your local dollar store.

4. Board Games- These are great not only for girls but the entire family. Our favorites include anything in the Cranium family, Life, Monopoly, Twister and Scrabble. All make for hours of simple old fashion fun.

5. a tea set- My daughter received a very nice china one last year, and over the year we have had several tea picnics.

Now what is on this preteens list this holiday season:

1.Bedding- she wants to redecorate her room- this one is a probable get from her father for Christmas

2. a digital camera and scrapbook, this is a maybe.

3. Makeup–okay lipgloss but that is as far as this mom goes

4. a purse and wallet

5. art supplies as hers are well used and getting old.

The holidays are a time that kids love. My daughter this year will celebrate Eid, and Christmas both in the same month. So she is looking forward to twice as many holidays. For Eid though she is getting her first abaya ( a sweet pink one). and one small toy. For Christmas she will get several gifts from my family and her father, and then right after Christmas is her birthday. I already made my budget and am planning on keeping it.


World Kindness Week is Coming- Great gifts to Give

I have been doing alot of thinking about compassion and kindness lately and making it a goal to be more kind each day. Well so happens that next week is World Kindness Week. So how kind are you? Do you regularly look for ways to serve you fellow human. I really think that we show our love for Allah (God) by how we treat others daily.

So what are some gifts that we can give that wont cost a penny:

  • The gift of service-how about volunteering to help someone if even for a few hours.
  • The gift of affection-hugs and kisses are free
  • The gift of laughter- O to laugh is to know joy!
  • The gift of a written note- when was the last time you actually wrote a note!
  • The gift of a compliment- a simple one can go a long way
  • The Gift of Listening- really listening in a non judgemental way.
  • The Gift of Solitude- spend some time in quiet and help others to do the same.

Now if you want to give out of your pocket book that is okay too and there are a ton of great charities that are in real need right now. For me though as a single mom I still think instilling kindness and charity is something I really want to teach my daughter, and really it does go hand in hand with the other side of me that is frugal.