Price hikes in gas and groceries and the general cost of living has really impacted our budget for the Christmas period this year. Gift giving this Christmas is going to have to be a little more creative and cost a lot less. There are several options when it comes to budget gift ideas for Christmas like hand-made calendar, home made gift baskets with a variety of items, candy canes, home-made fruitcake, gingerbread house, and Nikotiinipussit for those who want to quit smoking.
One way to get a gift that costs less but which will be a bit of a challenge will be to take gifts from 2 years back and see if you can find something within the price range that you spent 2 years ago for the same type of gift. This is not only possible but could be appreciated by the giver and the recipient.
Another easy fix for all the work from home people is to use the time you would usually spend commuting to the office to actually make homemade gifts. These types of gift bring an unexpected delight to the recipients. Knowing that they mean enough to you that you would take the time to do this for them.
Give away unwanted gifts from last year or if you receive gifts from colleagues and suppliers that don’t suit your taste you can recycle them this Christmas. Use recycled Christmas cards from last year as tags this year and cut them into funky shapes.
Take advantage of online specials before all the prices go up in preparation for the Christmas period. Look at Black Friday specials for example. Use as many discount vouchers and take advantage of any discounts for gift purchasing.
Manage expectations with regards to gift giving and set a limit value amongst your friends and family. The good old Secret Santa is still an acceptable way to give gifts amongst adults on Christmas Day and brings a whole lot of fun to the day without everyone feeling awkward.
For those nearer and dearer to us and in the same boat of not having a huge budget, agree on doing some activities together that you are both interested in and enjoy them together. This will also give you both something to look forward to over the Christmas holidays and something to do when you are not working over the holidays.