Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives- 26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye

Delighted to share a post from the Christmas Archives of D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies. This is probably one of the most expensive times of the year and when you have an extended family, finding presents and budgeting for them takes creativity.. Debby has some great ideas to make every dollar, euro or pound count.

26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye

The holiday season is fast approaching, and once again people are picking their brains about what gifts to buy for friends and loved ones.

I’ve always tried to tailor my gifts specifically to what the receiver would like and could use and/or appreciate, in hopes that my gift wouldn’t be the one ending up collecting dust on a shelf or re-packaged for re-gifting. But it’s still sometimes difficult to pinpoint exactly what the perfect gift could be for someone, and, often times, there might be too much cost to purchase a particular gift, which sometimes leaves us feeling somewhat inadequate with what we’ve chosen to give, especially for those hard to buy for people who already have everything they want. Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes people don’t think that way, and sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to spend on some items what we’d really like to give.

So today I’m going to share some great ideas for gift giving for both children and adults. Below are some ideas from low cost to no cost that you can give with confidence and know they will be well received.

Have you ever noticed children at a Christmas gathering opening one gift after another, barely taking in the excitement of one gift before they put it aside to open the next one? Have you ever noticed how much kids love to do arts and crafts to keep their busy little hands and minds occupied? This is why crafts make great gifts for kids. Maybe it’s the writer in me, but I like to buy gifts for kids that help to educate them and help to build their creativity.

Here’s a handy list of things you can buy for kids that won’t break the bank:

  • Books – books that entertain while teaching kids to count or learn the alphabet, colors, names of animals, and of course, any stories to do with kindness that can be understood at their level.
  • Coloring books and crayons, pencil crayons, magic markers, an easel to draw on, colored sand art, water paints and brushes, tissue paper for paper mache art, personal diaries, notebooks, stamp art, stencil art, yarn for sewing projects
  • Construction paper, pipe cleaners, glitter glue, and sticker books
  • Lego
  • Playdoh
  • Ebooks of children’s stories can be gifted and loaded to a parent’s ereader or get a kindle for kids for their own books

What to buy the person who seems to have everything:

  • Books
  • Gift certificate from: a bookstore, their favorite store, a restaurant they frequent, a coffee house, a home improvement store, a transit pass, movie theater or a sporting event
  • A membership to a club
  • A kindle with some ebooks downloaded to it
  • A season paid of gardening
  • A subscription paid for a year to a magazine
  • Donate for a few meals to a homeless charity in their name
  • Donate to any charity in their name

And what can you give that won’t cost you anything but some of your time? Make up some coupons and offer loved ones:

  • Free babysitting
  • Free rides to drop off and pick up
  • Housesitting
  • Snow Shoveling
  • Companion time
  • Reading time for an elderly person
  • Help around the house
  • Make a few dinners
  • Help decorate and take down decorations after the holidays
  • Volunteer services
  • Baked goods
  • Something homemade

These are just a few of so many things we can give. Our imaginations are limitless when we think about what a particular person could really use and appreciate. And don’t forget, there is nothing more personal than any gift from the heart.

Happy Holidays!

©D.G. Kaye

Brand new release on December 1st.

About Twenty Years: After “I Do”.

May/December memoirs.

In this personal accounting, D.G. Kaye shares the insights and wisdom she has accrued through twenty years of keeping her marriage strong and thriving despite the everyday changes and challenges of aging. Kaye reveals how a little creative planning, acceptance, and unconditional love can create a bond no obstacle will break. Kaye’s stories are informative, inspiring, and a testament to love eclipsing all when two people understand, respect, and honor their vows. She adds that a daily sprinkling of laughter is a staple in nourishing a healthy marriage.

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

This early review for one of the Beta Readers.

“Twenty Years: After “I Do” shows not only newly married couples but also those in the middle of their lives how to navigate companionship challenges and show love and kindness to their partners, handling life together gracefully and in harmony.

Multibook self-help author D.G. Kaye demonstrates, using examples from her own marriage, how to really commit to a relationship—till death do us part.” – Doris-Maria Heilmann, 111 Publishing

The book is now available:

and Amazon UK:

Other books by D.G. Kaye


Here is my own review for Words We Carry

on November 9, 2017

Words We Carry is packed with the accumulated knowledge, wisdom, survival tips and strategies from someone who went through difficult and unhappy childhood and teen years.

I think it is fair to say that most of us are less than confident about our body shape, and that is particularly tough when you can no longer use the excuse of puppy fat, and your friends are heading out in slinky black dresses and high-heeled shoes.

Unfortunately, not all mothers are born with the nurturing gene and as soon as you become competition, there is an opportunity to reinforce your lack of self-esteem with carefully chosen and cutting words. I would like to think that the experiences that D.G. Kaye describes were rare, but I am afraid that after counselling women on their health and weight for twenty years, the story is very familiar.

Those harmful words from those who are supposed to love us, are the ones we carry throughout our lifetime, unless we can find a way to dilute their power and replace them with affirmations of a much more positive nature.

D.G. Kaye describes her strategies to claim her own identity, build her self-esteem and evolve from the ugly duckling that she had been made to feel she was, into a swan. This involved a makeover in a number of departments, including wearing high heels at all times and over every terrain, and standing out from the crowd with her now signature titian hair colour. She also developed a healthy, outgoing personality and independence that led her to discover groups of people who accepted and embraced her as a friend.

In the second section of the book Kaye looks at the impact this early negative conditioning had on her relationships, including romances with older men whose different approach to dating and expectations provided a more secure environment. Unfortunately, having entered one serious and long-term relationship, echoes of the verbal abuse that she received as a child and teenager, threatened to undo all the hard work that she had accomplished. Thankfully she went on to find happiness and empowerment with someone who appreciates all that she has become.

Kaye looks at issues such as the difference between Alone vs. Lonely, Negativity and Self-Worth, Forming Healthier Relationships, and importantly Exposing our Personality Through the Internet. All the chapters provide commonsense strategies to overcome a lack of self-confidence, and I do think that women and men in their 50s and 60s, will definitely be able to draw parallels to Kaye’s own experiences.

Whilst I recommend this memoir/self-help book to men and women of my age, I also think that it should be read by all mothers whose daughters are heading into their teens and beyond. It might just remind them of how fragile their child is when about to face the outside world, and that there are enough external challenges to be overcome, without encountering them in the place they should feel safe.

It is also a book for young women who are struggling with weight issues and those who feel that they are not as attractive as their friends, or who feel that they are somehow going through something never experienced before.

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. By reading this they might take strength in knowing that this is an age old problem, and that they can change the narrative and write their own story.

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About D.G. Kaye

d-g-kayeDebby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

   “Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

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66 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives- 26 Affordable and Practical #Gift Giving Ideas for the #Holiday Season by D.G. Kaye

  1. Excellent ideas, Debby. I need all the help I can get come Christmas time since my brain goes completely blank. Solution: Books, books, gift certificates for books. 😀 Why didn’t I think of that?
    And a wonderful review from Sally – a pure pleasure to read.
    Happy Holidays!

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  3. Great list of gift ideas. I’d love to receive some of those time vouchers and have someone take down the Christmas tree and decorations, which is a task I hate doing. And if someone would like to gift me a couple of hours of ironing I’d be delighted. I think I’ll print out your list, Debby, and leave it lying around for a certain person to see.

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  4. This is a terrific list, Deb. I especially like the coupon idea. With 13 great nieces and nephews, all but two of whom have birthdays between November and January, I pretty much have to stick with the coloring/sticker book categories ~ although glitter and glue on the walls and furniture isn’t really appreciated by their parents; and keeping after the creative displays made by quads and triplets can make you bald in no time 🙂 ❤

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  5. Fabulous ideas, Debby. Of course I agree with gifting books. Everyone knows that a gift from Norah means a book. 🙂 But craft activities are great too. We can’t always have our heads stuck in books. Can we? I love the coupon idea best of all. It’s funny how busy people are best at fulfilling those time jobs, aren’t they? (Except me, of course.) Happy days! Happy Christmas!
    Thanks for sharing this one, Sally. It’s a treasure.

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  6. Loved this, Deb, especially the suggestions in your “time not cash” category, since I’ve always found those the most special gifts I’ve received (at least since I’ve been a grown up – LOL)

    I’ve never seen “reading time for an elderly person” on a list before, and what a SUPER idea to turn it into a present – especially if you get specific on the “coupon” you wrap for them to open (i.e., ‘Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30 to read the book of your choice’ or some book they’ve mentioned they’d read if their eyes were better). Otherwise they might be reluctant to “cash it in.”

    As a Certified Christmas Elf I’ve done the “decoration help” gift for quite a few people throughout my life, but I never thought to make it into a special gift by creating a coupon and wrapping it up with a pretty bow — nor was it received as the gift it really WAS. It also occurred to me as I read your list that an inexpensive thrifted ornament could be “tagged” with the coupon and wrapped, since people tend to equate unwrapping something solid with receiving a gift – and some of us simply cannot stretch our budgets to buy “things” for everyone on our lists.

    Even an Elf like me would LOVE to unwrap that particular gift – because it would be such fun to have their company during the process I usually end up doing all alone — so don’t give that one if you can’t be jolly while you do it!!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  8. These are such great gift lists from Debby. I especially like educational and creative gifts for children. Of course, I’m good with books, what person has too many books? Tickets, a lawn/gardening service certificate are also great. I like these ideas for things that won’t end up discarded or set aside and unused. Happy Holidays everyone!

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  9. Great list, Debby. I recognize a few things that I have gifted, or received. As a kid, I really loved crafts and lego. As an adult, as far as possible since we live abroad, I send personalized gifts in the form of calendars with photos of Mark and me in different exotic locations for every month of the year. This way, we are with our family members, somehow. 🙂 As for gifts to my husband, coupons have done the trick for years, especially when sailing in remote areas where nothing could be bought. That’s when one gets creative. I think I still owe him a massage and crepes for breakfast, I think. 🙂 In general, I’m all for giving people experiences instead of material goods. Most people seem to have everything they want, so a gift certificate or a dinner out will do wonders.


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