This is our list of guidelines for our Hundred Dollar Holiday; they may look different for other people or families.
1) We will strive to spend no more than $150 on holiday gifts and decorations.
This is for everyone: kids, parents, extended family, pets, and friends. We started with a plan to make the $100 figure work for us, and then realized that it was pretty hopeless with the amount of people we needed to gift (considering that they didn't know of the plan). Our goal is achieve peace and simplicity by accessing ingenuity and creativity.
2) We will not count the cost of previously acquired supplies, ie. the craft stash, in the cost of gifts given.
These items were purchased a long time ago and without specific gifts in mind, so we'll use them without trying to break down the costs.
3) We will include the cost of any supplies that we choose to purchase to make gifts.
If we need something we do not have on hand we'll count the cost toward the $150 budget. This keeps us accountable; it would be too easy to go to the craft store and stock up on items that we might need/want. Plus we are encouraged to be resourceful if we have to include new supplies in the budget.
4) We will not include the cost of food to serve a holiday meal.
I think it would be nearly impossible to include extra food in the $150 budget and still serve a meal that feels like an upgrade from our everyday fare.
5) We will not go overboard in indulgence when choosing foods for a holiday meal.
Simplicity still applies here; there will be no expensive out of season produce.
6) Holiday tipping isn't included in the $150 budget.
Our holiday tipping alone would exceed our $150 budget, and yet I don't think it fair to take this away from the few service people that do work for us all year. It is possible that they count on it to make their own holidays.
7) If at all possible we will shop locally for anything we need to purchase.
We will purchase local citrus, local chocolate, seedlings from an independent nursery, etc. so that we can help support our local community and economy.
8) All gifts will be handmade, consumable, or experiential.
We don't want to buy items that have contributed to waste in their manufacture or that will create waste at the end of their usefulness.