The Christmas holiday offers couples a wonderful opportunity to express their love and affection for each other through gift exchange. While it would be lovely to have an unlimited budget when it comes to choosing holiday gifts for our spouses, for most people this is a fantasy and not a reality. It becomes even trickier to include a lavish gift for a spouse when there are one or several children to buy for. This article will offer several ways in which husbands and wives can still acknowledge their love for each other at Christmas, while saving money in the gift department.
Forgo the Gifts Altogether. It is certainly wonderful to be surprised by our spouse on Christmas morning with a lavish gift, it is simply not worth the stress and headache that the money spent causes when dealing with a tight budget. Spouses can have a wonderful holiday sharing that time with family and friends, and spare the Christmas hangover that comes when the bills start rolling in. Focus on the love and companionship you share every day of the year, and make the mutual decision that you will skip giving each other presents this year.
Invest in a Needed Item for the Home Instead. If your refrigerator is on the fritz or your living room is in dire need of a new set of furniture, opt to use the money you would have spent on holiday gifts for each other, and spend that money in a more practical way. You may feel a twinge of disappointment on Christmas morning when there is nothing bright and shiny under the tree for you to open, but the other three hundred and sixty four days of the year will be much more comfortable with the needed purchase.
Set a Predetermined Spending Limit. It is so tempting to go completely overboard when buying holiday presents. The non stop inundation of commercialism and stores’ and brands’ persuasive marketing techniques make us feel that the only way to show our love for the important people in our lives is to buy them a flashy and expensive gift. With a little bit of creativity and thoughtfulness, even a ten dollar spending limit will enable both of you to purchase a wonderful and meaningful gift for each other this Christmas. Work out your holiday shopping budget this year and be reasonable about what you can afford to spend on gifts for each other. Take your determination with you when you go shopping and then make your selection from gifts in your price range.
Use your Imagination and Make Each Other Christmas Gifts. A wonderful way to save money on gifts and still express your deep devotion to each other is to create presents using your own two hands. Tap into your imagination and creativity and spend a few hours in the days leading up to the holiday making a thoughtful and beautiful gift for your husband or wife. Consider using the talents you already possess such as woodworking, knitting or songwriting, or take this opportunity to give a new craft or art medium a try. You just may find a new talent or passion that was buried within you all along. Your husband or wife will surely love the effort and passion you put into making their holiday gift this year, and you will love being surprised on Christmas morning when you receive your homemade gift.