I can remember a time in my life where it was super important for me to give everyone a ton of gifts. Because of that desire to spoil everyone, most of the time I ended up at the dollar store picking up random things for my family.
I’m not saying that’s a bad idea. You can actually find a lot of great stuff and inspiration at the dollar store. However, this year I have downsized a lot of my belongings and have come to a realization that less is more. I have also come to the conclusion that having a few things that are more valuableis better than having a ton of random things.
So this year I changed my Christmas shopping habits. I made a list of the people I needed to get a gift for and I planned ahead. Although I am still not completely done Christmas shopping, I am proud to say that I got my friends and family nice gifts without breaking the bank or going overboard.
One of the ways I save on Christmas presents is that I think about Christmas all year long -- not just after Halloween! Most of the gifts I bought were actually purchased this summer. Another great way to save on gifts is to chip in for a gift on their wish list. Maybe you don’t have enough money in your budget to buy a person what they really want, but if you partner with a sibling or friend you can get them that nice gift. The last way I save on Christmas gifts is by doing my research. I don’t impulse shop for gifts and I try to make a list of gift ideas for each family member. And honestly, most of my shopping was done online this year.
When you are getting your gifts, be original and give a gift from the heart. The gifts that make the most impact aren’t necessarily the most expensive, or elaborate, but they’re the personal ones, with meaning.
Good luck and happy gift giving season!
Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,