Dec 17th, 2013 by Jennifer Lynn
Finding Holiday Deals
The holidays can be a super happy yet stressful time of the year. It’s a balance of finding your holiday spirit and not losing your mind over extra expenses like gift-giving. Here are some tips to find some great holiday gift deals no matter who you have in mind.
Holiday gifts can come in a variety of forms. Some people like stuff, some people like time, and others appreciate experiences. Here are some ideas for everybody on your list.
Gifts that Can Be Wrapped
For the stuff lovers, you can find some amazing deals online. Write down a few ideas and throw them into a search engine. If a great deal doesn’t pop up in the results, try inputting them specifically into Ebay or Craigslist to see if there are any items to bid on or buy in your area. Slightly used items can give the exact same impression as new ones in many cases. For example, a barely used book can cost 50% less than a new version and looks great too.
Another money-saving idea is to do a low-cost personalized gift instead of something that costs a pretty penny. Think about photo gifts or baked goods. You can find a variety of nice frames for photos at places like a dollar store and have them printed for 25 cents each. Fresh cookies or mason jars of mixes can keep your cost down to less than $5 a person too. And who doesn’t love a good cookie?
Time and Experiences
If you have some people on your list that are impossible to find stuff for, think about giving some time or experiences instead. You can include a self-made certificate in a greeting card with your idea, or simply call them and schedule your time together. Maybe you have a grandparent who would love to try something like Gala Bingo, or maybe they would prefer a homemade meal at their place. If they live too far away to see, you could buy them a ticket to an event in their area or even come up with a plan with some of their local friends. Think outside of the box. With a little planning, you can make anybody smile.
Overall, it is easy to get overwhelmed. But if you can make a plan of attack and stick with it, December won’t be haunting you for the first months of the next year too. Happy holidays!