Enjoying the spirit of this season is much more important than just giving out gifts and cards that hold no real meaning or emotion. This holiday spend time taking pleasure in the ones you love, in those sweet moments of joy in small, unexpected places.
If you find your holiday taking place anywhere in the South you can also use wonderfully unique, natural foliage from your neighborhood parks or yard to wrap a truly environmentally friendly and lovely gift.
Gifts on a budget can sometimes seem not even worth the bother but there are great gifts out there that cost very little and show just how much you care not just how much you can spend.
Try buying in the bulk section and get ingredients for cookies or cupcakes and bake each person a small batch. If you're less that goddess or god (we're open minded here at I Citizen) in the baking department then just bag the dry goods up in a cute red cellophane baggie.
Other great gifts might be the offer of an activity for the new year; try a holiday card promising a picnic at your wife's favorite spot or to be the DD for your pub crawl loving best friends. If you are creative enough to pull it off try using our holiday mini-cards to create your own card game and teach your family the rules. Rather than spending more that you have on gifts people don't need do something this year that will give you more time with those you care about and will remind your family and friends just how much they mean to your heart not your wallet.
Wonderful soups, filled with flavor and great for groups are inexpensive and always enjoyed by your party guests.
Split-pea soup is a great option, which you can make quickly in a pressrure-cooker.
Try making lemon infused cabbage with shallots and dried apricots. This is an easy and quick dish to make for a group on a budget.
Meat can be costly so go for the lesser used pieces and get creative. Try out Skirt (don't cook to anything less that medium-well or you'll have to deal with a chewy piece) and Flatiron Beef for a filling, economy savvy holiday meal.