Ever had a conversation about the best gift you've ever received? How about the best gift you've ever given?
The best and most frugal gift I ever gave was many years ago. It was a pencil sketch of my brother.
I'm not an artist, by any stretch of the imagination, but I was flat broke that year and needed a gift from the heart for my parents.
My brother had been killed in Viet Nam the year before. I had a picture of him in his uniform with his helmet on, so I got a piece of paper and a pencil and worked and worked on a pencil sketch of that picture. I bought a cheap frame and put it in it, but the frame meant nothing...
My mom cried when she opened her gift and I felt satisfied that I had given something more special than I could ever have bought.
You don't have to spend money to give the perfect gift. Sometimes not having money is a gift in itself. It makes us reach within ourselves and really, truly give.