The holidays are coming up fast, and though no one wants to pinch pennies while they shop for gifts for their loved ones, no one want to go into great debt, either. Smart planning and shopping can make a big difference when it comes to what you wind up spending on holiday gifts. With a little budgeting and common sense, you can save a good deal of money, and enjoy the holidays with your family.
Take advantage of layaway. Many stores offer layaway programs, which require a small percentage of the purchase price to be put down, and the rest to be paid off over time by a certain date. Layaway can be a wonderful way to put items away and pay as you go, especially if you are on a tight budget. You can put just one or two things on layaway, or several things. Layaway plans can make it easier to purchase gifts for many people when you have a lot of items on your shopping list.
Consider a couples gift for yourself and your partner. If you and your partner are pretty well set for electronics and everyday items, why not give a gift that will help you to spend more time together. If you both like to cook, why not give Blue Apron a try? Blue Apron is a cool subscription service which sends ingredients and meals plans to your door, so you can get into the kitchen and make fresh, healthy and delicious meals at home. Spending time in the kitchen can be very romantic, and it’s a great way to unwind at the end of a long day. You can get $30.00 off of your first order with Blue Apron, plus free shipping.
If you’re the crafty or artsy type, you might want to think about homemade gifts for friends and family. Scrapbooks make wonderful gifts for those who don’t always have time to take family photos. If you like to knit or sew, handmade scarves, blankets and pillows make beautiful gifts, as well. Paintings can make lovely gifts, and serve as wall decor in just about any space. Think of colors or images that the recipient may be drawn to and surprise them with your own beautiful artwork, AC Moore has all sorts of craft supplies to get you started, If you need inspiration, check out ideas on Pinterest.
Cut back on the gifts. As hard as it may be to do so, Christmas doesn’t have to be a gift-fest. Limit the number of gifts you buy for your children and family members. If you want to give appreciation gifts to teachers, pastors, friends and service people in the community, consider giving gifts that are made in your own kitchen. You can make homemade soaps, bath or shower bombs, sugar scrubs, etc. If you like to bake, try your hand at making some yummy holiday fudge or truffles. Christmas cookies never go out of style. Invite some friends over for a cookie decorating party or cookie swap. You can make platters or trays of cookies up for those you’d like to thank, and gift them to them. They’ll just appreciate that you thought to gift them with something for the holidays!