The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, the stress of holiday gifting. It is easy to get carried away and overspend on gifts as well as decorations. So how do you show your friends and family how much you appreciate them while remaining fiscally conservative and responsible? Professor Pig has a plan for you!
Set and make a commitment to stick to a holiday budget. Planning ahead will help you stay within your means and remove a lot of stress from your holiday hustle. Start by making a list of the folks you intend to buy for and draft potential gift ideas for each. Include gift wrap, ingredients for holiday treats, and holiday décor in your list too. Next, begin to scope out the best deals with both online vendors and brick-and-mortar stores. Register for newsletters to ensure you are aware of upcoming sales and so that you’ll receive store coupons. Check the balance of your reward accounts for bonus deals and cashback offers. Finally, combine multiple gifts into one order to save on shipping!
Give Something Handmade
Heartfelt gifts are almost always synonymous with handmade gifts. There are endless opportunities to showcase your creativity and make gifts that make your friends and family feel special. Visit local craft stores and social media sites for inspiration. Choose the medium that best showcases your skills. Whether you select fabric, yarn, paper, beads, or wood, the item will surely be a treasure.
For a decoration they’ll use year after year, consider painting a glass ornament or decorating a holiday wreath. Custom scrapbooks and photo albums are a fun way to look back over the years of your relationship and create a keepsake. If you choose to make it yourself, it could be a great way to share an afternoon with younger family members. Various online services are available for those with less time or crafting abilities. Bath bombs and candles are also popular crafts ideal for holiday gifting.
Baked goods are always a holiday favorite. Consider sharing your recipe as part of the gift too! Adding a special plate or dish that can be used year after year is a nice touch. For an afternoon filled with fun and holiday memories, get together with kids or grandkids and make traditional holiday treats like gingerbread houses, popcorn garland, and holiday cookies.
Give an Experience
The gift of time is one of the most precious commodities in today’s busy world. Make the holiday season extra special by taking the time to create memories with your loved ones at unique events and activities. Check local listings for events like walk-through light shows, live nativities, concerts, plays, or musicals. Whether it’s an event taking place during the holiday season or in the New Year, the experience will be memorable for the years to come!
Making a plan and focusing on unique but economical holiday gifts will help you stay within your budget this holiday season. When you aren’t overwhelmed with holiday debt, you’ll be better positioned to get your finances in shape in the New Year. Let 2020 be the year you get ahead and aggressively pursue your savings goals!