Show your friends and family you care with gifts that won’t break the bank

There’s no doubt that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most expensive. And sometimes, it really is the thought that counts - so this Christmas, take inspiration from our 5 meaningful gift suggestions:
 
1.   Put together a collection of recipes

Choose recipes that are special to you. Add your comments; it could be a tweak to the recipe or perhaps recalling a memory of the two of you sharing this particular meal.

2.   Plan a day out

In your Christmas card, invite them to a lovely day out discovering somewhere you’ve never been before. You could walk through the National Park at North Head or appreciate the view from the opposite side by following the South Head Heritage Trail to Hornby’s Lighthouse.

3.   Get your bake on

Nothing says Christmas more than a plate of scrumptious shortbread, Christmas tree shaped biscuits or delicious truffles. You don’t have to make them all, even if you just choose one; everyone appreciates a plate of goodies.

4.   Pack a picnic

Tell your loved one that Christmas is coming early to them this year. Pack a picnic full of their favourite treats, and take them to a local (and free) Carols by Candlelight.

5.   The 12 (thoughtful) Days of Christmas

Create a personalised advent calendar by surprising them with little notes or thoughtful gifts in the lead up to Christmas Day. You could write a cute poem or tell them about an activity you have planned.
 
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to convey a whole lot of love. Keep it simple, keep it personal, and your friends and family will love you all the more for it.