Tips for Gift Giving on a Budget
The holidays are right around the corner— commence the season of overeating and overspending.
Gift giving is an important part of human culture and oftentimes defines our relationships with others. Psychologically, giving is supposed to bring more satisfaction than receiving, but finding gifts that are appropriate and cost-efficient can be stressful and take the joy out of giving.
Commercialism has changed the scale of gift giving. Instead of looking for gifts that are thoughtful and useful, we are led to believe that bigger is always better and gifts are limited to material items. The truth is, there are unique and creative ways to give that will save you money and impress your family and friends. Here are three tips for gifting on a budget:
Gifts don’t have to be stuff. A huge misconception about gifts is that they have to be bought off a shelf and received in a wrapped box. If you are on a budget and scrambling for the perfect gift, offer a service instead. Gift your mother with the promise that you’ll mow the lawn or shovel snow out of the driveway. Present your spouse with a coupon book for a massage or a date night with the movie of their choice. Watch the neighbor’s kids for free while they go out. These are thoughtful ways to give your time instead of your money.
Bigger is not always better. The most expensive gifts are not always the ones that stand out. If funds are tight, set a limit on how much you and your friends or family will spend on gifts this year. You may be surprised at some of the creative and hilarious gifts that crop up when you agree to spend no more than $10 or $15. Another great way to save around the holidays is to have an ornament exchange rather than a gift exchange. This way you will each receive something that you will reuse every year without overspending.
Do it yourself (DIY). Thanks to Pinterest, DIY is a household acronym, and you can find DIY instructions for everything from crafting to home improvements. Homemade gifts are original, easy and affordable. You can create anything from picture frames, jewelry and cards to recipe books, calendars and food items.
Its cliché, but it’s true— it really is the thought that counts and you don’t have to break the bank to give the perfect gift. You can find gifts for a variety of budgets on Supermarket.