Once you hit a certain age, Christmas becomes more of a “how am I going to afford all of this” time of the year. Planning gifts for your loved ones can be expensive. And sometimes, you just don’t have the budget for it. If you’re looking for ways to save money on this year’s Christmas presents, then you’ve come to the right place.
The best way to make sure you stay within your budget when shopping for presents is to buy smart. Know who you’ll be giving gifts to, know what they like, and know when to shop. To help you further, here are a few tips to help you save money on Christmas presents this year.
Shop offseason. The holiday rush brings with it two things: crowds and jacked up prices. It’s pretty much basic economics with a rise in demand resulting in costs going up. Get ahead of everyone by making your list early and casually shopping for them one piece at a time. It saves you the hassle, and it won’t be heavy in your wallet.
Check out Yard Sales. Yard sales are a great way to find well-loved items that still hold value at a great price. Some of the things you can find at yard sales that can make for perfect gifts include plates, toys for children, and other knick-knacks. Another way to go about this is through online sales where items get delivered to your door.
Consumable presents. A safe present to give someone are consumable ones like sweets, wine, and gift baskets. They are often appreciated and can last for days or weeks. The best part is that they can commonly be shared with friends or in a group. A great gift idea for your lovely couple friends.
Re-gift. It can’t be helped; sometimes we receive presents that we just can’t seem to like. Instead of throwing it out, why not repurpose the item as a gift? That way, you can make sure the next person appreciates the present. Just wrap it up nicely and remember to not give it to whoever gave it to you first to avoid any awkward situations.
Homemade gift. Are you good with arts and crafts? You can opt to create something great for their home like an artist rendition of their family portrait or knit them a sweater or scarf. If you’re a great baker, you can choose to bake them some homemade cake or pastries. Handmade gifts show that you care about them enough to give your time and energy into their presents, and are always guaranteed to be a hit.
Gift Cards. An efficient type of gift, gift cards allow the receiver to choose what to do with it. This is an excellent idea for a family present, where every single member can benefit. Get them a gift card to a favourite restaurant, grocery store, or even a spa. It’s the kind of gift that is well worth every penny.
Plan your gift giving as early as September to make sure that every single one of your loved ones know that they are remembered for this beautiful holiday. Don’t forget to give yourself a present.