Tight budgets can make gift giving a super stressful situation but with a package of card stock, printer and computer the problem is solved. A 250 sheet package of card stock is less than $15 at the local business store and one package makes a lot of gifts. A small sampling is listed here.
Paper dolls. By searching ‘free paper doll printable’ doll sets are found from retro to new designs. Printing on card stock make the dolls more durability. Glue the doll itself to cardboard from an old cereal or other piece of cardboard to make them strong enough to stand. Each doll takes 1 sheet of card stock and clothes take 1 sheet per outfit theme.
Paper vehicles. The searches ‘free paper airplane printable’ and ‘free paper car printable’ gave models of all types of vehicles with construction from simple to complicated. If a certain plane, train or auto is needed add the name to the search. There are a lot of models geared for the adult as well as ones for the younger set. Each vehicle takes 1 sheet on the average.
Board games. Search was for ‘free board games printable’. A lot of the games have boards and pieces but some are just boards. The games range from monopoly style to chutes and ladders style. Strength is added by gluing board and pieces to pieces of cardboard. 2 sheets are needed for most boards and 1 sheet for pieces.
Coloring pages. Search ‘coloring pages free printable.’ If you want a certain animal or subject include that in the search string. The Internet has a huge array of printable pages for coloring that will work for preschool to the Teen gamer. 1 sheet is needed for each page.
Note cards. The search is for ‘printable note cards free’ If a theme is desired include that in the search. Note card set-ups can be found for word and other card programs. Personalized note cards with Initials or themed pictures of all types are available. 1 sheet makes 2 note cards.
General searches like ‘free paper toy templates’ and ‘free paper gift instructions’ yields usable sites as well with items ranging from models of the Eiffel Tower to paper flowers and origami.
Each gift can be upgraded by amount printed, or by adding crayons, stickers, folders or other items to the package as money allows.
Wrap the gift in a decorated envelope or folder with the added item as the bow with gift tag to eliminate the cost for gift wrapping paper.
Let creativity replace and stress and enjoy gift giving again.