Saturday, 2 April 2011

Gift giving on a $0 budget

Hello everyone, how are you?  I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.  During March I enjoyed following Stephanie's blog Full of Great Ideas as she set herself the challenge of decorating (which she loves to do), on a $0 budget in a bid to stop unnecessary spending.  She had to use what she had on hand and amazed herself and her followers with her creativity.  You can read the many things she learnt from this challenge on her blog and of course see her lovely creative ideas on her $0 budget.

Stephanie is having a linky party for other ideas on a $0 budget so I thought I might contribute.  My idea is a little different from decorating but I thought it was a practical one.

I'm a gardener and have an assortment of herbs growing outside my back door.  They recently needed dividing so rather than put the excess plants in the compost, I planted some in pots.  Stephanie's challenge had me thinking about gift giving on a $0 budget so here is what I did.

One very overgrown oregano plant, weedy too.

Divided oregano plant $0, recycled tin can $0 and soil from the garden $0.

Recycled newspaper $0, string already in my supplies $0 and a tag already in my supplies $0.

Put these altogether and you have a lovely $0 gift to give someone who is either a gardener, has a passion for things culinary or even for someone who is hosting a dinner party.

 What do you think of my idea?  I had so much fun doing this I think I might be looking at what else I can do on a $0 budget.  See Full of Great Ideas for other $0 budget ideas.

Bye for now,

Anne  xx


  1. That would make an awesome hostess gift or housewarming gift! Who doesn't love fresh herbs? I love your presentation too, it's super cute!

  2. Hi Anne , I love your idea ! the packaging is inspired too :0)
    Jacquie x

  3. What a wonderful idea, its time for me to thin out my tomato and courgette seedlings, it seems all the tomato seeds have taken and I now have about 50 plants !! I could give a gift to the whole street lol !!
    Have a great weekend. xx

  4. Anne, I love your gift idea in a recycled tin and wrapped in newspaper. How simple is that and as they say "Less is more".

  5. What a great idea. I'm in the same situation with you regarding oregano, but I can also imagine doing this with my basil plants later in the season. So simple, but which cook wouldn't appreciate a gift like this.

    I've been following Stephanie's challenge, since you mentioned it in an earlier post. She sure has some interesting ideas. I'm thinking that I ought to challenge myself to doing this. Maybe not a whole month.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  6. I love your idea Anne, and your wrapping is gorgeous :o)

  7. anne - that looks fabulous!
    A great gift for a cook.

  8. A lovely idea. I would be thrilled to receive this


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