Not so much because of something I wanted or even needed - but for gifts for a birthday party.
I thought I was covered for the inevitable requirement of presents - I even have a pinterest board labelled "pretty frugal gifts" where I pin so many great present ideas of things I can make that would be appropriate and well recieved by girls in the preschool to tween age range (see below for some random cute examples):
|Owl and Kitty bags - via pinterest|
|teeshirt fabric bracelet - via pinterest|
|glass tile pendants - via pinterest|
|pom pom necklace - via pinterest|
But I was caught off guard.
The invitation came in just yesterday for a joint party for two tween girls on this sunday! And quite frankly I just don't want to spend my last few days of my holidays making presents - no matter how gorgeous these girls are!!
So I caved. We went shopping.
My budget is still ok as I bought some great things the girls will love ON SALE! But nonetheless the presents are new. Made from resources which didn't really need to be produced over again - as more than enough already exists in the world to have made these gifts from recycled materials.
So lesson learned. I need to be much more prepared if I'm going to get better at this. I need a present drawer with things I have pre-made and can draw on when I don't feel up to making something on the spot.
Prior preparation blah blah blah... ;-)