Each year at Christmastime I get stuck for what to buy for my husband. We are at the stage in our lives where we don’t really need or want anything, so he and I are completely content with keeping it simple. We exchange a few gifts – small trinkets – because the kids want us to open packages too. But, we mainly focus on them, revelling in the looks of delight and surprise on their faces as they open presents on Christmas morning.

So, when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for my husband, I want them to be meaningful yet inexpensive. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tried-and-true picks that are always winners with Dad, but would be enjoyed by other family members too.

Here are my picks for frugal gifts from the heart:

1. Photo books

In this age of digital images, it’s lovely to have a hardbound book to treasure forever. My kids love looking at the family yearbooks and vacation memory books I’ve made; it’s a good way to keep precious memories close at hand, without having to start up the computer! Tip: wait for sales from companies like Photobook Canada and on group buy websites.

2. Photo calendars

Grandparents (and other extended family) adore these! I get my kids to pose for a picture each month, so their grandparents will see how much they’ve grown during the past year. Tip: Costco has good quality, yet inexpensive, calendars; if you’re a member, check them out.

3. Clay handprints / fingerprints

There are lots of crafts you can make that utilize your child’s handprint or fingerprints, including ornaments and keychains. Simply make homemade salt dough (check out this post for the recipe), then get crafty! It’s the perfect way to preserve those tiny handprints so you’ll never forget just how small they once were.

4. “All About Me” Memento

Have your child(ren) fill out this free “All About Me” printable each year so you can look back and see how much they’ve grown!

What are your favourite gifts to give loved ones? Share your ideas with us below, tweet us, tag us on Pinterest or post to our Facebook wall – we’d love to see them!

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