How To Make Christmas Special On A Budget

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Last Modified 8 January 2024 First Added 26 October 2023

Christmas! It’s a time filled with joy, anticipation, and excitement. However, for some, the festive season can leave them feeling a little overwhelmed and under pressure as the build up of spending can be a worry.

Throughout this article we will guide you to a Christmas on a budget, advising you on the best places to save in order to be able to spend. And yes, it can be as wonderful as any Christmas.

How Can Parents Save for Christmas?

Parents always want to make Christmas special without breaking the bank. Well, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that will allow you to have a wonderful Christmas, firstly, you need a budget. Set a realistic spending limit and stick to it!

Planning will also be your secret weapon alongside your budget. Get organised early, this way you won’t only avoid those last-minute rushes, but you’ll also be able to grab the best deals. Make a list of everything you’ll need to bring the season to life in your household. Whether that is gifts, decorations, or food, just ensure you are shopping strategically.

Resist the temptation of overspending!

Christmas dinner.

Saving on Christmas Dinner

Now, this might be most people’s favourite – the grand Christmas feast!

It is seen as a highlight for the festive season, but it can be a budget-buster. However, with some creativity and planning, you can still serve a delicious meal on a tight budget.

Firstly, we recommend planning your menu. Consider how many mouths you’ll be feeding and choose recipes that will be suitable. By ensuring that you do not overbuy ingredients, you’ll cut down on waste and costs.

Remember, the Christmas feast does not revolve around fancy ingredients but in the warmth of family and the joy of sharing a meal. Have you considered hosting a potluck-style dinner, you can ask your family and friends to each bring a dish that will fill up the dinner table. This way, everyone contributes something small, and no one is left overwhelmed with the expenses.

Saving on Decorations

Decorations are many families favourite adventure in the festive season. A fantastic idea on how to embark on budget-friendly decorations would be to explore second-hand treasures from charity shops. You’d be amazed at what hidden gems you find, yes, they may be pre-loved but that doesn’t take away from their charm and uniqueness.

For some fun hands-on DIY decorations, gather the family and turn crafting into a bonding experience this Christmas. Make your own ornaments, wreaths, and garlands from scratch or why not give your old decorations a little makeover! This is not just about saving money; it’s about creating fond memories of everyone coming together. For more inspiration read ‘7 Creative Christmas Crafts for Toddlers’.

Mum and daughter decorating christmas tree.

Saving on Christmas Activities  

Entertaining the little ones is completely possible without blowing your budget. You can explore free festive activities that the children will cherish such as meeting Santa at your local shopping centre or a local event. Children adore meeting the enchanting man behind the red suit.  

Another great idea is to plan some budget-friendly games. You can always make up your own games with your little one’s so that it is suitable for their age. For example, ‘Sock Wars’! Who can take both socks off the fastest… without using their hands! Or you can try ‘Oreo Head’; place an Oreo on two players heads, the player to get the Oreo into their mouth first wins, no hands can be used! 

For more ideas read ‘7 Christmas Activities for Toddlers’

How to Find Affordable Christmas Presents

With anticipation building on the excitement of Christmas Day, it can be easy to be carried away with gift-giving. It is important to remember that when it comes to young children, it is not about the quantity of presents but the quality of the experience.

One lovely way to find affordable presents is to reach out to family and friends with older children. Children tend to outgrow toys, clothes and general items quickly, and you may find some gems that can be passed down.

You can get creative and make your own gifts, such as putting together a “blind bag” filled with little surprises. Ensure you find or make items that are suitable for your child’s age bracket. Focus on quality over quantity, and you will see how their little eyes sparkle with joy.

We also recommend buying gifts that can be used by multiple children in the household (if you have more than one child) or look at gifts that will grow with your child and be beneficial for multiple developmental milestones. For example, playmats, outdoor toys and sensory toys.

Christmas presents.

Have a Happy Low Budget Christmas

Christmas is not measured by the amount of presents under the tree, but by the experience, the laughter, the joy, and the love. You can still have a fantastic season while on a budget. Remind your little one’s the true meaning of Christmas, emphasising the spirit of togetherness, gratitude, and kindness. Read more in our article ‘How to Teach Your Toddler About the Meaning of Christmas’.

Think outside the box to create a budget-friendly Christmas and create a bunch of cherished memories with your loved ones. If the Christmas experience resonates with your little one’s, then it is bound to be remembered and continued.

We have many more Christmas present ideas for you, so don’t go anywhere just yet.

Have a happy low budget Christmas, and watch as the family bond over the true essence of the festive season.

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