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No Bah-Humbug Here…Just 6 Smart Money-Saving Tips on Gifts for Family and Friends You Can Use This YearTired of starting the New Year with a pile of debt? Shop smart an be creative and you can enjoy the holidays without putting yourself in the poorhouse (Image credit)
It doesn’t take a lot of money to get in the spirit of gift giving. Loved ones will appreciate the more thoughtful gifts over the grand gestures, and value the time you put into creating their special gift. Take a few minutes to think about these things now, and have a much happier bank account when January rolls around.
6 Ways to Save More Money and Have More Fun at the Holidays
- Give Them Something Priceless — Time. It can be tacky to gift a friend cash or even a gift card. Instead, present them with an hour or two of free time to do whatever they’d like – maybe even take a nap! Or what about a combined gift of time and a skill such as helping to organize an office or paint a kitchen? Find clever, cheap gifts.
- An inexpensive bottle of wine with a personal poem or fond memory written out and tied around the bottleneck. Or check out Groupon or Living Social for affordable gifts.
- Try a kids-only gift rule. And set a dollar limit to it. If there are too many of them (or conversely, no children) draw names. By speaking up and proposing this idea, you’ll probably relieve fellow relatives who were quietly feeling the financial crunch, too.
- Make your own treats for family, friends and even co-workers. Some favorites are chocolate covered pretzels, Christmas crack (highly addictive!), and some all-time favorites. Package them in clear, cellophane bags (purchased from a hobby store) and tie them up with ribbon.
- Handmade framed name print. Research the meaning of the person’s name from a baby naming website. Use your computer graphics or word processing program to type his or her name in large letters in a nice font. Put the meaning of their name in smaller letters under the name. Print it on pretty background paper, such as 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook paper from a craft store. Trim to fit a small frame purchased from a discount department store or dollar store.
- Shop at thrift stores. Okay, this one’s not for everyone, but if your family is hip to the concept, buying gifts at thrift stores can be a cheap way to get some great stuff.
Between the stress of giving the perfect gift and the stress felt when the credit card bill arrives, holidays can often leave you feeling more destitute than delighted. Relieve some of the pressure with simple and thoughtful gifts sure to leave family and friends thrilled with your clever ideas.