David’s mum is not a huge fan of xmas, and buying presents really stresses her out. I think if you remove the cost element present-buying is less daunting, so this year we have set a limit of $5 for each present (because if you spend $5 it’s no real stress, but if you spend $30 and then worry about whether or not the recipient will like it that can become stressful).
The presents can be from an op-shop, a dollar shop, or can be handmade. I’ve made my mil a pendant from the things I’ve got lying around here, and my fil will receive a barbequing apron.
David’s dad is a mad keen supporter of the Parramatta Eels (ha! someone has to!) and I keep an eye out for Eels paraphernalia. Some time ago – about four years ago? – I bought two Eels tea towels for about $10 (my memory is a bit hazy, it’s been a while) with the intention of making … something? out of them.
I used one of the tea towels to make him an apron – I figure with depreciation that one tea towel would be $5. So I’m within the spirit of the law, at any rate.