Broke for the Holidays
My old high school barkada (Filipino for “clique” or “group of friends”) got together for our annual holiday dinner last night. It’s been getting harder and harder to schedule our gatherings, because everyone’s so busy these days. A couple of our friends weren’t able to make it, but we still had a great time just talking and catching up on each other’s lives.
As we talked about what we’d been up to the past year, what our plans were for the near future and how silly we’d all been in high school, it hit me—we’re all grown up! When did that happen?!
Anyway, we always get each other little tokens for Christmas, but since I’m dead broke (having recently spent all the allowance money I had saved over my last year in college on a brand-new, work-appropriate wardrobe) I had to be creative with my gift-giving this year. My solution? Custom wall calendars:
I simply modified one of the calendar templates from Microsoft Office Online, personalized it with my own artwork and had several copies printed on glossy poster paper for a few bucks each. I topped them off with matching gift tags and voila! Cute and inexpensive gifts!