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Friday, May 7, 2021

Thoughts on the Cheap Gift


Saying that I love to gift cheap gifts has a bad sound to it, doesn't it? What I love is to take something that was inexpensive to me and do something with it to turn it into something nice.

I potted up my extra tomato plant for my son and daughter-in-law yesterday afternoon. I used the pot that I reclaimed with bleach and water. If I amortized the value of the pot (over 20 years), we're looking at about 50 cents. The tomato plant is one I grew from seed, so about 30 cents. I used about 3/4 of a bag of potting soil, about $3 worth. And I added a tomato cage that I picked up from a free pile a couple of weeks ago. My cost for this gift, then, comes to about $3.80. Oddly, the most expensive part of this gift was the bagged potting soil. Kind of goes against the phrase "dirt cheap!"

So, maybe it isn't that I love to give cheap gifts, but that I love to give nice gifts. And if they happen to be inexpensive, then that just means I have more money leftover to give more gifts.

4 comments:

  1. The inexpensive out-of-pocket gifts are often the best kind because they show the effort that went into them. All of your gifts do this including this one.

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    1. Thank you for your wisdom, Live and Learn.
      Have a lovely Mother's Day!

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  2. I think you are giving the gift of future enjoyment. They can watch the plant grow and experience the delicious home grown tomato taste. That's a great gift to give.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      I like your thoughts. Thanks!
      Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

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