I am not one for giving and receiving of expensive gifts, for me what makes a gift special is the thought that goes into it. You can keep your expensive jewelry, and hi tech gadgets, they are not for me. And during this current time when money for many people is tight, splashing out on expensive gifts for special occasions is not possible. A true friend will appreciate your gift more, if much thought has gone into the process, and not the amount of money you spent on it.
For example last Christmas I received a photo of Lottie my dog in a lovely picture frame, the frame was simply but effective, but for me the picture of Lottie that I had not previously seen was what made it special. Another time my husband Richard and I were walking on Trebah Beach in Cornwall, he found a beautiful heart shaped white pebble and presented to me, every day I see it sat on my bedside table and it reminds me of that day.
Many years ago my dad wasn't working and so money was tight, mum's birthday was coming up and so secretly every night for a week my dad sanded a small piece wood that he had cut into a heart shape. When the heart was perfectly formed, he painted a wild primrose and added a poem. 35 years later that heart still hangs in my mum's bedroom. My mum has a lovely home and is a devil for buying bits and bobs, jewelry etc and when she gets bored of it it goes to another home, but that heart has never left her bedroom.
I look forward to reading any stories that others might wish to share about this topic and perhaps we can share ideas on how to make unique gifts for that loved one for very little money.
Many thanks to Bex for letting me hijack her Proud Parents Thread!