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Stupid 30-Day-No-Shopping Challenge!   I love Etsy though, if you want to splurge- (meaning, you can unlike myself) do so with an amazing small-business owner that crafts her own goods.  I truly believe that a few treats once in awhile will help your frugality goals in the long run.  All work and no play is not good- but at the very least, enjoy some Etsylicious eye-candy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dainty shaped soaps and guest towels are no longer for Grandma’s guest room.  These colorful soapy confections are great for a new generation.

Get yours @SatinandBirch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donuts are the new cupcakes.  Find this and other retro-delicious designs @ CollisionWare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ❤ Pugs!  Find an adorable item with your breed @ MauStudio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh laudy- isn’t this just gaudy (in a really, really good way)  Totally perfect for spring.  Made by ThreeWildnCrazyLadie

 

 

 

 

 

Customizable for your favorite breed- but you know, “pug” is probably the best bet 😉  @ KeepCalmShop

Heart Sympathy FlowersRelationships can be changed or strained in times of stress-  being responsive and supportive in times of grief, illness or personal troubles is probably the most important time to foster your relationships, and it doesn’t have to cost anything.


Illness and death are two facts of life that usually come at unexpected times.  It’s vital to promptly show  your support as fastidiously as possible, but also to do a follow-up weeks after.  We often think of sympathy cards and flower arrangements, but as we know, the best things in life are free- or at least, inexpensive!

 

-Have Sympathy, Thinking Of You and Get Well Notes on Hand: Promptness is key and sometimes it’s impossible to get to a store to buy cards and get it in the mail quickly.  Sadly, sometimes the hassle of getting to a card store might prevent us from taking steps to express our condolences.  Purchase a pack of cards ahead of time, so that if you’re in a pinch and cannot go hand-pick one out, you can at least get something in the mail with a heartfelt note promptly.  Cards can be picked up 2/1.00 at a Dollar Store, or in a 10 pack at Hallmark or other card stores.  The card doesn’t have to be expensive, but getting it out quickly and with the right sentiment is what counts to make a statement.

-Realize You Don’t Have to Send Expensive Flowers: It’s easy to feel intimidated when someone you know is going through a rough time, especially if you aren’t sure how to express yourself to them- having a bouquet or plant sent can be an easy way to show you care without having to verbalize your sentiments, but sending flowers will easily cost $40-$100, and purchasing them remotely might yield less than great results.  A house plant, hand-delivered will be cheaper and quite possibly, more meaningful.

If you feel the need to give a gift, know a small donation to a charity in honor of someone in any amount can be a very heartfelt gesture.  You don’t have disclose how much was donated, but knowing that a charitable gift was made in their honor, or for someone they’re grieving could let someone know you care.

-Know That Even When You Don’t Know What To Say, You Need To Say It: Everyone deals with bad news and loss differently- I admit, even though I have lost dear loved ones and know what it can “feel like,” it sometimes is hard to reach out and articulate my sadness for someone going through that process on their own.  Step out of your comfort zone (we all have to in these situations) and make a phone call, send a card, stop in and bring food.

-Offer A Helping Hand: When someone falls ill or passes away, often their family has a hard time taking care of themselves.  Offering to walk their dog, babysit their children, bringing a meal or bringing in their mail and other small gestures are often what’s overlooked.  If you’re good friends with someone who just lost a loved one, stopping by for a visit or getting them out of the house for a bit of distraction or a heart-to-heart talk might be the best course of action.

-Forgive One Another: Nobody is an expert at grieving or healing.  An unexpected diagnosis or the loss of a family member can unearth an array of unanticipated feelings in both the people directly affected, and their circle of friends.  Some people shy away from confronting their feelings, other simply shy away from reaching out because they don’t know how.  Do you best, offer your help- and if it isn’t accepted or you see other people not offering to help, realize they are just dealing with the stress the best they can.

-Know There Isn’t A Set Timetable For Coping or Supporting: Whether or not you expressed your support initially after hearing of someone’s sad news- it is not too late to show it now.  Additionally, if you were able to reach out promptly after an event happened, it’s probably a good idea to call, email or write to follow up with that person.  Small gestures, even weeks after can mean the world to someone.

 

I understand, as both a person who has gone through it, and one who hasn’t reached out when I should have, that it’s difficult to navigate times of loss and illness.  Two years ago, I lost my Gram (who I took care of and loved like a mother) and my dear friend/ mentor in the same weekend.  In the wake of that loss, I became closer with some and alienated with others- I realize now, some folks just didn’t know how to reach out or didn’t know they should.  During that time, small gestures made a world of difference to me, and every day was different- some days I needed to be alone, others, friends knew “being alone,” was a cop-out and dragged my butt out of the house or simply stayed in to visit, to which I am so grateful.  Events like this leave all of us feeling lost- we don’t know how we “should” act, but the truth is, either as the bereaved or a friend of the bereaved, it’s not as important to stress over you “should” do, but simply that you do it.

227/365: Happy Bench Monday {Amigurumi Edition}!
Knit and crochet has seen a revival lately with the popularity of amigurumi (seen here) and a need for cheap pastimes that doubles for gift-giving!

Why should you learn to knit or crochet?

-Amigurumi, Scarves, Coffee Sleeves are always a big hit. Friends will love that you made it yourself, and you will be beaming with pride.  For those that actually appreciate a gift like this, you will get quite a reputation since they have a tendency to brag whenever inquired about their adorable scarf or legwarmers.

-It *can* be really cheap. Granted, if you go crazy with buying more supplies and yarn than you need, or start out with a bunch of artisan/hand painted yarns, you can easily spend $40 on a single scarf.  It might be tempting to go overboard and buy the gorgeous alpaca blend on your first project, but for starters- get an affordable yarn and try to find coupons!

-Stitch-N-Bitches. SnB’s are essentially modern day “knitting circles,” and consist of women and men that get together at a park, coffee shop, yarn shops, etc. to just craft, brainstorm projects and socialize.  Find a local SnB on meetup.com.

-Baskets of yarn are great décor. You know how when you walk into a space that has a bookshelf full of books it leads you to believe the person is well-read and cultured? Or someone with a shelf of nicely arranged wines makes you think they’re mature and have great taste in food?  Seeing an adorable basket of gorgeous yarns next to a chair or in a windowsill will leave your visitors thinking, “Wow, this person is totally way cooler than I am, I wish *I* had their taste.”  I’m serious.

-It makes movies bearable or at least productive. If you’re on a budget and watch most of your movies in-house, getting through 2 hours of SAW with hubbs (or wifey) will be that much better, and you can knit through the tension!  I once had a large Prayer Shawl to knit for a friend and finished it through the three Lord of the Rings movies.  Two birds. One Stone.  Good times.

-Learning is easy. Your crafter friend will be overjoyed if you ask her for lessons (trust me).  Anything you don’t know or need a refresher on can be found online at YouTube or another crafting website named below.

My favorite sites:

Lionbrand.com -Tons of free patterns and online tutorials, plus a great podcast.

Ravelry.com -A community of other yarncrafters with patterns, forums and tons of pictures.

Craftzine.com -Great resource for inspiration and patterns

Getcrafty.com -This was my first experience with the online crafting world (awww)- So nostalgic.

Crochetspot.com – Great crochet patterns

Hookandneedles.com –  Online tutorials, ideas and an adorable layout.

MochiMochiLand.com –  This woman is a knitting machine!  She churns out some of the most adorable creatures!


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