I'm a cleaning lady and I've managed to buy a present for both my parents and my sister. And do you know why? Because I'm raised in an environment where we don't expect 500 Euro presents and are happy to receive 5 Euro gifts because it's about the SYMBOL OF GIFTING in stead of receiving a huge ass present.
You could write them all each a personalized letter about what the spirit of Christmas means to you and how they've personally made an impact in your life. It's something worth framing as it is definitely a great way to remind people how much you care about them. And they can display it year-round.
If in the end, all they can think about is material or pricy gifts, then THEY are the Scrooge/Grinch.
You really are missing/don't understand the point of my post if you think that I'm depressed/annoyed by Christmas is all about me just not having the money to buy expensive gifts and getting material goods.
A job is defined as paid work, which is what I certainly am doing as a computer technician so I don't know why you're saying that, lol, considering that I do have a job that's not fake. It's certainly not imaginary.
The way you worded this made you sound British Maybe I should lay off the BBC comedy... Aw who am I kidding? I'm hoping I can find another job in the next week so I can actually buy stuff for my family. It's something I enjoy doing, but they'll also make me feel like a cheapskate if I don't...
My family themes our Christmases so they can be cheap for everyone. We've done homemade/thriftstore, stocking stuffers (Which was done to allow for a wide range of prices), and food (so that it would actually be used). This year is paper.
I bought one thing to make all of my side of the family's gifts. I made ornaments. It probably turns out to be less than a cent per gift. The wrapping is costing me more money than the gifts. Last year I made fudge and packed it in tins I got at the dollar store. I actually did it for my husband's family, too.
There is nothing worse than being forced by my mother to buy a gift for my greedy selfish hateful grandmother. I do it out of respect for my own mother but that woman... My grandmother likes to pick favorites among the family. Me and my brothers have never been in that exclusive group because we respect and love our mother dearly and wouldn't bitch about personal things to the GM. I can hardly afford much this Christmas with my low wage but it takes the cake that, that woman expects it every year and if we didn't get her anything she'd be on the phone that very day crying about how her grandkids who she sees maybe once every two years don't love her. Also she's well off and here's the thing, She never gets anyone anything for Christmas. Ughhhh....
Gee, at least drawing requires time and effort into making the present. Too bad she can't see it as something that shows you care more then if it was just a shop bought present which requires little to no effort to look for and buy
Would there perhaps be any way to go on an outing with her somewhere as a present to her with you paying any expensises while on the outing? Surely it'd mean something to her if you spent time with her?