Now, at first, this may seem extreme and impossible, but there are many ways to make this work. They use gift cards and vouchers from different sites. There’s a lot more of these in the States, but there are still plenty you can find here in Australia, which I have listed here. There’s mystery shopping, online surveys and more you can do.
You can re-gift if you are comfortable with that and make sure you don’t do it in the same social circles so you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.
You can also make gifts such as sewing bags, aprons or pencil cases, growing things such as herbs, fruit or vegetables, cook gifts such as biscuits, cakes or jams.
There’s always the option too of vouchers for service, such as 5 hours free babysitting or looking after the kids overnight, doing someone’s garden for them, mowing lawns or even cleaning in the house. Anything you can do they might like.
Doing a Christmas for under $100 is doable, but does require planning. It’s easier with younger kids in comparison to teens who want the latest $500 gadget (although, personally I am opposed to spending that much on your kids, up to you though). But, in an effort to stop being so materialistic I have decided to embrace this challenge.
Some people are doing it as a $500 Christmas challenge, but I am going to stick to $100. I will be using gift cards I accrue for various reasons throughout the year. I do some surveys online, but also collect points through FlyBuys, Everyday Rewards and Franklins but am not sure I will earn enough points for anything through them.
I’ll post later about my action plan, but thought I would share this now. So who’s interested?