With an ever-tightening economy, today’s woman is more budget conscious than ever before. Many women are balancing home, children and a full-time job while trying to cut corners and save money, but without giving up things they love. They have learned from necessity how to stretch a dollar and make it last.
These women are smart and savvy. For most, luxuries have fallen by the wayside. Their focus is on necessities and the comfort and happiness of their family. That’s why it is important to keep that lifestyle in mind when choosing a holiday gift.
Here are my Top 10 Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas for Girls in 2010:
Gift #10. As trite as it might seem, a gift card or certificate is a versatile gift idea. It allows the person receiving it to choose what she needs, when she needs it.
Gift #9. Picture frames of all shapes and sizes are always a perfect choice. The girl receiving them will delight in filling them with pictures of her loved ones.
Gift #8. A gift basket of body products remains equally tried and true. Today’s woman might never buy one for herself. However, she will appreciate the hours of relaxation and sheer luxury such a gift provides.
Gift #7. A tower of health and/or organic foods helps solve one of life’s most basic requirements; the need for sustenance. However, in this case, it is done in an updated, health conscious way.
Gift #6. Linens need periodic replacement but don’t always get that when money is tight. A gift of sheets, bathroom towels or table linens will be welcomed particularly when the design or color fits in with the home’s decor.
Gift #5. Clothing is always a perfect gift if you remain fairly generic. From hats, scarves and gloves to sweaters and tees, there is something available for everyone’s individual taste and size.
Gift #4. Gardening supplies have become a hot ticket item. Many families are starting their own vegetable gardens to save money on groceries. From gardening tools to seeds and plant starts, this gift keeps on giving.
Gift #3. Cookbooks geared toward healthy and organic cooking have become another popular gift idea. Women are committed to improving their family’s health by providing better food alternatives.
Gift #2. A soap making kit may seem an odd gift choice but it is far from that. Not only does it help save money on what can be a costly item, it also allows a woman to express her own creativity.
Gift #1. A beautiful throw, afghan or quilt provides both warmth and beauty. With thermostats being lowered, people are bundling up with extra covers to hold the heat in. Best of all, this is a gift that can be personalized by choosing a design or color that specifically suits the woman in question.
The benefit to the person giving one of the above gifts is that he or she can control the cost to stay within an established budget. It is win/win situation for everyone involved.