Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 18:12
‘Tis the season!
The season of singing carols, baking goodies and building snowmen (or to be more inclusive, “snow-people”) is upon us. However, the merriment does not just stop there. There are parties to attend, ugly sweaters to adorn and of course fruit cakes (yuck!) to be eaten.
All of these things consume each of us with excitement and the spirit of the holiday season (with the exception of that fruit “cake” that is). Along with the festivities, gift giving is an inevitable part of this time of year.
For some, including myself, giving loved ones presents, to show just how much you care, is sometimes more fulfilling than receiving a gift yourself.
But giving can get expensive. However, it does not have to be.
By following a few helpful tips, you can still give your friends and family presents that will warm their hearts with an abundance of warm-fuzzy feelings, while still sticking to a small budget.
Look for sales. Do your homework and shop around for the best deals on each item on your shopping list. It can be easy to want to get all of your shopping out of the way in one day, but by shopping around for the best deals over a few days, or even weeks, you can save yourself a great deal of money.
Make it yourself. Let out your inner “pinterester” and get crafty! A handmade present shows that you put a lot of thought into your gifts, and often times that means much more than an expensive and flashy item.
Draw names. Have your group of friends or family draw names for who they will buy a present for this holiday season. Make sure to set a spending limit, so the gift giving is fair for each individual. This way everyone gets a nice gift, and nobody has to spend a substantial amount of money. You might only receive one present, but receiving is not the meaning of the season anyway. Think about it.
Serve. Give a present of service. Offer to shovel your friend’s driveway, cook a meal for your family or free babysitting for a friend or loved one. The gift of service is one of selflessness and is a very touching one. Service does not have to stop at just your family and friends though; service can reach those that you do not even know. Carol at a nursing home. Help an elderly neighbor. Volunteer at a local food pantry. Serving is free. This way you will stay in your budget and will not only make somebody’s day, but probably your own as well.