Most people look forward to the holiday season with a lot of enthusiasm, but for some, it’s sometimes stressful. Finding the right Christmas gift ideas for loved ones on your list can be difficult. It’s even more challenging to buy gifts for everyone when you are on a budget.
So, for those who are a little tight, it may mean cutting up a few people from the list or avoiding different holiday celebrations altogether.
Let’s face it, there are many times most of us would agree, that we haven’t actually bought the gifts we’ve wanted to give, simply because we couldn’t afford more.
For that reason, we have come up with a few Christmas gift ideas that will, in addition to showing your creativity, will also show that you care. And as a bonus, they’ll make the holidays less stressful as you save money.
1) Use your points from your credit cards.
You’ve been collecting these reward points for months. Here’s your chance to use them wisely, especially if you’re running over budget with your Christmas list.
Look through those credit cards you’ve maxed out and see what kind of reward points you’ve got. You’ll be surprised that sometimes you may have banked thousands of points that could easily be redeemed toward purchases from some of the best stores.
To find out all the incentives offered by credit card companies, head out to their websites and find out all the information about their incentives. See how you can use those to put a smile on the face of your loved one. Loyal customers that have used their credit cards repeatedly over time could even have thousands of dollars banks. Wouldn’t that be a great surprise!
2) Give gift cards from specialty stores
Go beond your average discount department store that might seem like you don’t care. Instead, choose gift cards from specialty stores where someone would walk in and buy that most special item they will always remember, and they’ll remember that you are the one that gave it to them.
Simply pay close attention to the person’s likes and dislikes, hobbies, and so on. Then, it’s easy to give even an inexpensive gift card, like a $25 iTunes gift card for someone who loves music.
You can also consider giving a coffee lover a $20 Tim Horton’s or Starbucks gift card. Every day when that special someone winds up in the drive-through lane to order a double latte, (s)he’ll be thinking of you.
When you’re in tune with what people on your Christmas list really want, even a small gesture like this goes a long way. It shows you consider it and that you put a lot of thought into your gift.
3) Send a Gift Basket
Everybody loves gift baskets for all sorts of reasons. Foodies love gift baskets that are stuffed with gourmet food. The creative touches put in those baskets, like truffles, flavored coffees and such really speak to food lovers.
Don’t just stop at only adding gourmet food in these baskets – go a step further and add a coffee mug, a picture frame, a cookbook, or other keepsake items.
Putting all this together yourself can save you a lot of money, and you still come out looking like a big spender. But, you have to wrap it up in the most beautiful way possible, using festive ribbons and bows.
4) DIY Christmas Gifts
If you are creative anyway, then you can definitely take the time to create something really impressive. DIY Christmas gifts are fun to make and really appreciated by recipients. Not only do you show off your talents, but people feel special receiving something that was created by you.
If your expertise is in painting or photography, by all means, go for it. Make a personalized photo album!
Other ideas could include making special baked goods or even jewelry by purchasing professional jewelry making kits.
The sky is the limit with DIY Christmas gift ideas. Just think outside the box.
Other inexpensive, but great Christmas gift ideas, include purchasing pretty ceramic pots and plant some of your favorite flowers and plants in them. Again, to make it look rich and thoughtful, wrap it with cellophane and tie it up with a pretty bow.
5) Opt for the Gift Exchange
A gift exchange option is a good one for people on a tight budget. In this scenario, the giver only focuses on one person. Whether the gift idea is of a DIY nature or not, it allows you to really put all your focus on it. If you’re buying something, you don’t have to cut corners and instead, can put your entire Christmas budget on that one person.
For instance, if you only had $200 to spend on five people, logically you would divide the renowned and be able to spend $40 on each person. But, in the gift exchange option, you can spend every penny of that $200 for that one person, which would end up being a pretty decent gift.
The gift exchange could also have a theme of some sort, like “things that you wear your feet,” where you could choose something that made Opraph’s Favorite Things 2018, like the Pudus Sock Company!
Secret Santa is another way to make a gift exchange a little more interesting. The recipient would then have to try to guess who was their Secret Santa.
The point is, you don’t have to go broke at Christmastime. It’s a time to get together with friends and family and keep the Christmas spirit alive while having fun. Cheers!