Even though I’ve never been crazy about Christmas (unlike some people), it’s always fun to shop for gifts for a small group of family and friends each year. I know it sounds like I’m bragging, but I am really good at picking out gifts for other people. It must be my observant nature, but I am pretty awesome at picking out something that means something to my loved ones and serves some purpose, whether it’s just being fun, showing off their style or keeping them motivated. Since I am always in search of the perfect gift, I have found a few good options to keep me from overspending on gifts without sacrificing any of my awesome know-how in gift-picking.
1) Stick to your list
Each year, there are a few non-negotiable people on my list: my boyfriend, my parents and my niece and nephews. Those are really the only ones that I have to (and want to) get gifts for. I usually add a few more to that list before I start shopping, but I definitely know before I start shopping who I am shopping for and how much I am willing to spend in total. It saves me from any guilt or “I should get this for so-and-so” feelings later on, because I have already decided who I most want to get gifts for and also make sure those gifts are meaningful. You won’t catch my buying anyone an anonymous pashmina for Christmas.
2) Search for the best deals online
Hopefully you know by now that you can almost always find it cheaper online. You can buy online with coupon codes, price compare on big sites like Amazon and Wal-Mart and just search for reviews and information on products online. Holiday deals are popping up everywhere, so check to see if you can save money using promo codes for Sears or other stores. They may offer you free shipping or a percentage off from your entire purchase.
3) Choose the homemade option
If you are not ready to whip up a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies from scratch, many local markets offer hand-crafted goods that make unique holiday gifts. You can find beautiful, hand-made jewelry in farmers markets around the country. You can guarantee your loved ones that they are truly getting a one-of-a-kind gift.
Do you have any tips to help save money on gifts during the holidays?