The Perfect Gift To Give When You’re Broke

by Broke Grad on December 10, 2007

The worst feeling in the world is knowing that you won’t be able to spend as much on gifts as the people you’re exchanging with. Nobody wants to be known as the cheapskate of the group. Fortunately, money isn’t all that matters when you’re giving a gift.

Throughout the years, the best gifts I’ve received haven’t been the biggest, the most expensive, or the most eye-catching ones. They’ve been the gifts that make it obvious that the giver put a lot of time, thought, and effort into putting together the gift for me. This is what makes cookies the perfect gift to give when you’re broke.

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Cookies are great for a number of reasons:

They’re cheap. The money you spend on all of the ingredients will be way less than what you would spend on a traditional gift. It’s also easy to scale the recipe, so you can knock out gifts for multiple people in one shot. You can vary the packaging if you don’t want it to look like you’re giving the exact same thing to everybody.

Time is money. Even though your cookies may not cost as much as other gifts, the time and effort you put into making and packaging them makes up for it. So what if you couldn’t afford something more expensive? The only effort that goes into those gifts is buying them from a store or ordering them online. With cookies, you’re actually creating the gift with your own hands (and possibly the help of a mixer).

They taste delicious. Well, this one depends on your baking skills, but let’s just assume you can bake for now. Cookies are great because you know the person you give them to will eat them. If you know the person really well, you can make the gift even more personal by making their favorite type of cookie. On the other hand, when you give the latest new toy or gadget as a gift, the other person may play with for a couple weeks and then never use it again.

One of my relatives gives the gift of cookies every Christmas, and it’s great. Everyone looks forward to eating her cookies. Of course, I would only recommend giving out cookies if you are not baking-impaired. For those of you who are, I’d recommend something else, like making a collage out of special photos.

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