With Christmas around the corner, anyone who didn’t already get their shopping done early will soon be scrambling over the leftovers on the shelfs. Though it is common to see people buying up all of the expensive gadgets that go on sale during Black Friday, people also tend to overlook the fact that there are ways of saving money on your gifts without being too cheap.
One of the ways to save money is to simply give yourself a limit on how much money you can spend. If you can only spend $100 on ten people, try to find things that aren’t the flashiest or modern, and look around for something little that fits that persons personality better and they might appreciate it more because it says you know who they are as a person and not just what they want.
A lot of people have the tendancy to think that if a gift is more expensive, it must be better than the gift that isn’t. This is not true at all. Buying an expensive gift just means you went to the store and paid money for something that maybe the person receiving it couldn’t afford or was saving up for. Yes it seems like a noble gesture to spend your own money on it for them, but the real appreciation comes from the thought of matching a persons character with a gift that’s unexpected and unique.
Here’s a list of 68 Gift Ideas Under $10. Now these gifts might not be the most unique or personal, but they’re cheap and effective. Try to find out what a person has run out of or needs to replace or stock up on something and steer your ideas in that direction.
One of the best ways for creative types to really seal the deal on gift appreciation is to MAKE YOUR GIFT. Making gifts for people is just about the best way to show how much you care for them and has sentimental value through the roof. No one throws gifts that were made for them away or sell them. Those are the gifts that don’t get re-gifted at some point. They definately make the best impression.
If your family isn’t the most creative or constructive group of people, get together and talk about doing a Gift Exchange. Gift exchanges are random, fair, and since you are only focused on one person, your entire budget is spent on something that even if you don’t know that family member that well to get them somthing very personal, you now have the option of just going with something a little pricier and so by traditional default, LOOKS better. Just make sure your family decides on a maximun price so no one goes overboard and accidently makes other people jealous. It can happen :)
Basically, there are plenty of ways to save money during the holidays and still make your gift as appreciated as ever. The most effective will most likely still be:
- Budgeting Yourself
- Budgeting a Gift Exchange
- Making Your Gift (definitely a winner)
Of course, there is also always the idea of buying your gifts at the start of the new year or even in the summer when the prices are down to normal and you can buy winter attire for the cheapest its going to get all year.
It’s all about strategy when it comes to Christmas, so try to make the best of your organizational skill and come up with an effective game plan for this years festivities. Though, your family is sure to pretend to love anything you get them anyways. ;)