One month more and it’s Christmas again! Time flies very fast! Santa Claus will again come to town and will visit each one of us to give some Christmas gifts! Are you excited? As a Santa Claus to your friends and relatives, are you thinking of what gifts to give to them this coming Christmas?
We all love Christmas. It’s the season of gift giving among our friends and relatives. However, it’s also the season of spending. You love Christmas but probably hate what it does to your budget. So how can you save yet enjoy the practice of gift giving during Christmas season?
Here are some tips on how to save money on your Christmas gifts:
Get creative on your Christmas cards. Christmas cards are all over during Christmas season. With everyone having a computer these days, it’s very simple to make your own Christmas cards. You can make one and color them for some creativity and personal touch. Customized and personalized christmas cards are appealing to the recipient because of the effort you’ve poured into it.
For the last minute Christmas card sending, you can find a lot of websites in the internet that offers free e-card (electronic cards). If you sent a free e-card to your aunt, for example, she’ll get an email that tells her you’ve sent a card. When she clicks the link in the email, she’ll be able to view and print the lovely card you sent.
Exchange gifts wisely. I find this a lot more common to us Filipinos. Often times, if we received a gift from friends, we may opt to “recycle” it and then give it as a gift to others too just changing the gift wrap. You just need to assure that the one who gave it to you won’t bother to ask you where’s the gift he just gave.
Stretch your Christmas budget. Start your next year’s Christmas shopping early on December 26. At after-Christmas sales, buy next year’s gift wrap paper and Christmas cards at 50 to 70 percent discount. Also, you might want to buy other Christmas presents such as Christmas ornaments, scented candles, gift sets, and other items. List down who each gift is for and store them to your Christmas closet. As you shop during the whole year, add items to your Christmas closet when you find good bargains. By December, you just need to buy few items and can enjoy the holidays!
Go for personalized Christmas gifts. Customized and personalized christmas gifts appeal a lot more because of the efforts you’ve exerted. Aside from personalized christmas cards, you can give personalized gift items such as customized alarm clocks, electronic photo albums, or even personalized pillows. For children, you can give personalized jigsaw puzzles with a design related to something they will really enjoy.
How about you? What are the ways you do to cut on expenses and spend less during Christmas? Christmas is the season fo gift giving but you don’t need to spend that much and hurt your budget.