It is that time of year, where people take on extra hours at work (yes, that would be me) to buy everyone on their list something special. However, as kids get older and their lists grow along with the size of our family and friends, things can get expensive really quickly. The holidays, a time for joy and cheer, actually start sounding dreadful. I, personally, have found ways to cut our holiday budget in half before and even I get nervous this time of year. So to save, I’ve found these three ways to save money on holiday gifts every year.
A few years ago, after discovering just how much we spent on holiday gifts, we all decided we would gift to just the kids. It was more than a relief to all of us. Not only did we save money but the hassle of trying to figure out what the adults wanted was stressful in itself. Most ended up getting gifts they didn’t want but wouldn’t return out of fear they would hurt someone’s feelings. It was simply wasteful.
When my family members, who I happen to be closest to, sent me a message saying that things were a little tight and that they might be limiting gifts to immediate family only, I was relieved. No feelings were hurt and everyone understood that if you can’t, you just can’t. Don’t be afraid to speak up, they might just be thinking the same and not know how to tell you. If anyone is offended, so be it. They missed the whole point of the holidays anyway.
Make it Thoughtful
Gifts don’t have to be expensive. One year, I gave the kids “Movie Night” boxes that included pajamas, a movie, a mug, hot chocolate, and movie theater treats. It was beyond budget friendly and the kids rushed to make movie night happen. It took a little creativity and a little time but it saved us quite a bit and ended up being a bigger hit with the kids than we thought. Sometimes simple is best.
Remember that while giving gifts is a wonderful gesture, no one should have to go into debt out of obligation. Welcome to the holiday season, I’ll be sharing some affordable gift guides shortly.