It's getting to be that time of year again when you start thinking about holiday presents for everyone. For me, last year was a first as I set out to save money in a rather unique way: buying most of my gifts on eBay. Online auctions have become part of our everyday lives and for a lot of us, a great way to save money. As a guide in this effort, I've compiled a list of tips that I used last year during this time.
Thank you for the tip! Another great way to save is to give "FAMILY GIFTS". That is, a single gift that encourages usage by the entire family...its a gift that gives more. For instance, I got the idea from some TV show to give a video store certificate and some popcorn and punch (or something else economical to drink). Put it in a nicely decorated bag and let the family know you are treating them to a movie which they are expected to watch together (with popcorn and drink). Another idea I did one year was to send a certificate to families for some monies off to get their picture taken with a commercial photographer. I have a big family and I try to include everyone as much as possible and these seem to work. You can go as low or as high as you like per family gift...based on your budget. If you have more ideas for family gifts, I could use one for this year. I am thinking of researching some sort of nice recipe for which I can put the ingredients together and type up a nice recipe card. The family could enjoy the recipe together. I am not the best cook in the world so I need a simple yet tried and true recipe.
I had never heard of the gift wizard. Did a google search and found a friend!!
Thanks so much for the advice.
This wizard is going to help me alot!
One year I was particularly cashed-strapped and therefore forced to shop with an extremely limited budget. I ended up getting "creative" with my gifts and made many of the things I gave to people.
Not only did I have fun thinking creatively, the gifts ended up being a more personal reflection of the person receiving the gift, and were greatly appreciated.
Although no longer cash-strapped, I enjoyed this process so much that I try and do it every year now!
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