It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the season of joy and happiness, the season of cozy nights in front of a chimney, drinking good wine, and enjoying the time with the family.
It can also be a stressful time since it is deemed by many the most important annual occasion to buy gifts for their loved ones, which start with the family and can extend to other members of the family, and sometimes close friends.
With Lebanon in economical crisis and hyperinflation, Christmas this year is materializing as a challenge to many. However, as we ought to remember what Christmas gifts really represent, we could very well think of gifts that are lovely and affordable, even fun.
So, for those too many today in Lebanon who are on a tight budget, here are some good suggestions:
#1 Funky socks
If you are smiling at this, the intended recipient will also do. Funky socks are in fact all the rage right now especially for people for art admirers, food lovers, and fan fanatics. (Just don’t consider this for your boss if he or she is on your list.)
#2 A nice, useful planner
Investing in a good cool planner is very important in our day and age, mainly because most of the people are either freelancing or working remotely and it might be hard for them to be organized. Thus, gifting someone a good planner will not only make them happy but will think of you all year long.
#3 Tote bag
Tote bags are back in fashion and are really practical. They aren’t only cool but they are also eco-friendly and can be useful for many things like holding groceries or books. And why not get your loved one a customizable one?
Nothing is more relaxing than lighting a candle and enjoying a good night after a long working or stressful day. Consider purchasing a lovely scented candle as a gift this Christmas. It is a gift that is always appreciated.
#5 Cool Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks are good memory “holders”. A scrapbook is a great gift that lasts forever as the recipient will be storing the new memories they will create through the new year, and keep coming back to them for years to come.
#6 Body Splash and refreshner
If you can’t afford perfumes, consider buying a nice refreshing body splash. These products are now in high demand as people are more and more turning to subtle scents instead of strong perfumes.
#7 Natural Soaps
Natural soaps are also very popular nowadays mainly because they are made of natural ingredients that benefit the skin without chemicals.
These soaps come in an interesting variety, whether to scrub or moisturize or invigorate or relax and so on. Plus, they come in such appealing shapes these days.
You may also ask the producers to personalize them for you. Some are offering that service.
Gift your beloved a customized mug. They will surely appreciate it and they will remember you every time they sip their hot coffee/cocoa/tea.
Not all good skincare products are expensive. Some great ones are actually affordable and these are always appreciated as gifts by both women and men.
And who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially when they come nicely presented in cute gift arrangements. Once all the chocolate pieces are enjoyed and the season is over, one can keep the basket or pot and use it for various purposes all year round.
#11 Handmade accessories
Seed bead necklaces and bracelets are very popular right now, and they are very affordable when ordered locally. You can also buy seed bead charms for phones.
#12 Handmade statment earrings
Treat the girls in your family with what they love to wear. Statements earrings are cool and funky and could be purchased locally at a reasonable price.
#13 Customized gift box
A customized gift box set is an elegant item to gift. It always feels like receiving a treasure box. You include slippers, mugs, some candies/chocolate, and other things (depending on your budget). If you are not up to DIY it, check local businesses as they are various choices around for good prices.
#14 Nutritious Spread package
These spread packages are a delight to the eyes and to the palate and make great gifts. They are made in Lebanon with particular care for one’s health. They are prepared from premium natural ingredients, no hydrogenated oils, no wheat, and no preservatives.
#15 Handcrafted wearable
It’s winter, and handmade wearable like scarves, gloves, and beanies are great ideas for gifts that will be very appreciated.
#16 A Knit Kit
Since knitting and knit products are back in fashion, it will be a good idea to gift a knit kit to young girls and not so young girls. Knitting is actually therapeutic and very rewarding. You can find these kits in Yarn stores across Lebanon.
#17 A box of goodies
These boxes of goodies come in different sizes and contents that you can choose what fits your budget. They can be customized and are literally a sweet gift to make.
#18 Handmade copper rings
They are cool, beautiful, and chic, and will make great gifts for girls and ladies. And they are made in Lebanon.
#19 A pet
If you want your child to yell with excitement at a Christmas gift or your special one to jump with joy, consider adopting a pet for them. You don’t need to buy since adopting can be easily made at any of the shelters that are taking care of pets needing a family.
Pets make great companions and are a source of constant joy. They are life-changing. Make this Christmas memorable to your loved ones, and get them a puppy or a kitten.
#20 The gift of family love
Gifts do not need to be bought. You can gift love by cooking for your loved ones, hanging out with them, doing good things in their name, and helping them when they are in need.
#21 Give the gift of humane love
It is the season when we are most reminded that we are part of the big family called humanity. you want to do a good dead this Christmas, donate blood. Many people require blood, their loved ones will truly appreciate this gesture.