Frugal Christmas Gifts of Appreciation
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Frugal Christmas Gifts of Appreciation

Posted on Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Need a gift idea for your child's teacher, your mail carrier, and others who have helped you? Try some of these frugal gifts that show your appreciation!Everyone likes to feel appreciated! The holidays are the perfect time to give someone a small token of your appreciation as a gift. Here are some frugal (yet fabulous) gift ideas for co-workers, your child’s teacher, and others who have helped to make your life easier.

Frugal Christmas Gifts that Say “Thanks”

A Box of Doughnuts
Who doesn’t love to find treats in the break room? Stop by a bakery before work and get a big box of doughnuts. Place it in the break room for your co-workers to enjoy.

You can write a short message on the top of the box to let people know that they are welcome to eat the treats you brought. Something like “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” will get the message across. Adding your name to the message is optional.

A Heartfelt Note
Your child’s teacher, and the people who care for him or her before and after school, might not be allowed to accept gifts from parents. Instead of buying a gift, sit down and write a letter. Choose words that come from your heart.

This is an excellent way to show your appreciation to a person who takes good care of your child. This type of letter is certain to make someone’s day a little bit brighter!

Individually Wrapped Chocolate
Need a quick way to say “Merry Christmas” to your mail carrier? Hand out a small, individually wrapped, piece of holiday chocolate. Do the same for the people who deliver packages to your door this holiday season. The few weeks before Christmas are an extremely busy time for them! Your small act of kindness will be appreciated.

You can also pass out individually wrapped holiday chocolate to the pizza delivery person. Don’t use it in place of a tip, though! The money you give as a tip will help that person with his or her holiday expenses.

A Little Patience
Still have some shopping to do? Be kind to the people who work in retail. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are extraordinarily stressful for those run cash registers, stock shelves, or help customers to find what they are seeking. Many people take their holiday stress out on retail workers.

This year, give the gift of a little patience to the retail workers who help you out. Smile. Wait your turn in line. Remain calm and polite. Very few stores will allow retail workers to accept a tip. All stores will allow customers to give the gift of respect, and appreciation, to helpful retail workers. Bring a smile to the face of a person who gets yelled at all day long.

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