That time comes around every year. The turkey’s all packed up, the pie’s been eaten up. The snow’s beginning to fall as we near that magical winter season. With that winter season comes Christmas. Now, Christmas isn’t mainly about the shopping, I’ll be the first to tell you that. It’s about family and friends, the celebration of the year, and most of all the celebration of Christ’s birth. However, with the modern day Christmas season comes the tradition of gift giving. If your home is anything like mine, the budget’s become tighter and spending has receded. However, with a few tips and tricks, your gifts can still elicit that “Wow!” from the receiver.
Start thinking about presents months ahead of time. Rather than waiting until the last minute and buying in a chunk, think about spreading it out over a couple months time. Keep an eye out whenever you go shopping and pick up presents as you see them. That way, it’s not a big hit to your wallet come December
Hit the sales
Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is intimidating if you’re not a shopper. However, you don’t want to miss these sales! As an alternative, consider shopping online. Many online retailers have great deals, and you can get them without fighting the crowds. Watch for deals like free shipping too, that way you spend even less! You can also shop on Cyber Monday, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Some stores postpone their online sales until then, especially stores like Wal-mart and Target which do both online and in store shopping
Maybe rather than buying up the stores, you can make something that’s a little more personal. If you’re especially crafty, consider a scrapbook or some jewelry. If you love to cook, how about a tin of Christmas cookies and sweets. If you’re more of a builder, maybe a decorate shelf or box. If you’re more of a musical sort, consider a mix cd or even a recording of your own. If you’re more creative, maybe a poem or painting. If you’re not any of these, maybe even just a framed photo. You can maybe even do something instead, like helping around the house or doing other chores. Chances are, if you make it or do it yourself with them in mind, it will be even more special.
Work in groups
Mom and dad got you stuck again? How about grandma and grandpa? Maybe a teacher, boss or other leader? Consider buying a gift as a group. Maybe all combine together and get a gift card. Maybe a bigger gift that they’ve been wanting. Regardless, you can get more if you work together with others, and it saves everyone a bit of time and money.
Gifts aren’t everything
Sometimes, you just can’t afford a gift at all. If this is the case, think about maybe a kind word or letter. Sometimes that can matter a lot more to a person than material goods. Remember the true meaning of the season? It’s God, it’s love, it’s companionship. Just because you can’t get a fancy gift doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer.
Good luck and merry Christmas!