Financial Friday: Gifts, Gifts, Gifts

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I’ve been getting gifts for people in our families this week, and let me tell you: it gets expensive fast! In trying to make sure I have meaningful, generous presents for every one in both my family and my in-laws side, I’ve found some good money sense can help keep my head from spinning as we spend money:

  • A small present is great if the person will really like it. We’ve chosen locally-made necklaces for two of my in-laws, and they are beautiful even though they are quite small, smaller than stocking stuffers. I know they’ll be enjoyed, so I let go of my need to get people gifts that fill nice big packages.
  • Food gifts are sometimes impersonal, but sometimes they are perfect for the person who has it all. My sister got Husband and I a subscription to try different fancy coffees a while back, and it was great because we got a new experience together, enjoyed the high quality of the coffee, and then didn’t have anything new cluttering our house!
  • Making handmade presents is wonderful, but it still costs money. We’ve been making a really fun art project for three of the gifts we’re giving, but it isn’t without the challenges of having to purchase materials, sometimes twice if anything goes wrong! The best homemade gifts, I think, are also made with things that you already have handy, saving you money and being personalized at the same time!

How do you keep from breaking the bank during the Christmas season? Share good strategies in the comments!

5 Comments, RSS

  1. fakanal01 December 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    Very good post thanks.

  2. PKaurK December 9, 2017 @ 6:40 am

    I love to make brownies for people or even knit something. I’m knitting my boyfriend a woolly hat this year.

  3. findmoremeaning December 9, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

    I just started the yearly panic trying to buy gifts for my family. I’m opting to make some this year, and spend the money to buy when I know the receiver will enjoy it more. So far it’s been a balance. Hopefully the holidays are filled with joy no matter what! Thanks for the ideas.

  4. My Way Home Life December 11, 2017 @ 12:32 am

    We budget for Christmas and other gifts year-round. That savings makes up a large part of our Christmas gift money. Also, I begin shopping in October and spread it out over several months, trying to hit black Friday and other online savings days. And as you said–a thoughtful, personal gift is more important that the money spent!

  5. Cindy Anderson December 12, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

    I save for gifts all year long, even birthdays and anniversaries, so we have a budget to follow.

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