Welcome to Christmas Three-Six-Five

Christmas Three-Six-Five is dedicated to inpiring you with all things Christmas, three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

We offer tips, crafts, activities, recipes and shopping all right here for your convenience. Check the Christmas countdown ticker to the right to see how many shopping days you have left!

Frugal Tips

Frugal Decorations and Card Ideas

  1. Do you still have old Christmas cards form last year? Or extra cards that you can't send out because they are identical to those you sent last year? Why not re-use those cards and save some money this Christmas. Cards with simple, bold designs are the easiest to reuse. Cut around the design, be it a santa or a snowman, use a hole punch to make a hole for ribbon or thread and turn it into a gift tag for your presents. You can also use this idea to create simple tree ornaments, or even a decorative hanging mobile.
  2. You can wrap small match boxes or similar up like presents with gift paper glued on and fine ribbons. Attach a thread for hanging from your Cristmas tree.
  3. For natural, organic looking Christmas ornaments, gather pine cones whenever you come across them, dry them near a radiator or in an airing cupboard for a while and then dot them with glue and sprinkle on a little glitter. Add a thread so that you can hang them from the tree or arrange them on the mantlepiece with a sprig of holly.
  4. Another trick for last year's christmas cards is to cut them in half, and use the piece with the image as a postcard instead. Just try to remember who sent you which card and not return your postcard to the same person whom sent it to you!
  5. Buy your Christmas cards in January when the stores slash the prices.

Frugal Gift Ideas

  1. An inexpensive Christmas gift can be made by filling a jar with colourful boiled sweets/candy, especially if you select a colour theme such as red, white and green. Certain brands of coffee's jars are ideal for these gifts; my favourite brand (Dow Egbert) has a glass lid with a plastic/rubber seal that pulls on/off rather than a screw-on lid.
  2. If you are strapped for cash but have a large circle of friends to buy for, why not suggest doing a Secret Santa? Put everyone's name on a piece of paper and each person gets to draw out the name of the person they have to buy a gift for. Set a budget to make it fair and ensures no-one feels pressurised to spend too much. You could even select a theme that the gifts must follow; useful, funny, travel, etc.Tie a festive ribbon around the neck of the jar and voila, a wonderful homemade gift! This idea is great for all those aunties and uncles.
by Carolyn Muir