Christmas is a time of good cheer, generosity, love, and baking. But it is also about presents. It is easy to become overwhelmed not only with what to give, but how to afford it all. Every member of your family has a different set of criteria for what they expect to find inside all the glittering paper. And stockings also have to be stuffed to the gills, hopefully inexpensively. So how do you start your search for cheap gifts they will squeal in glee for and treasure until they break tomorrow afternoon? This article aims to help you organize and budget this Christmas to save you headaches and psychotherapy bills later.
Keep in mind his favorite things. Does he love golf? His favorite brand of golf balls or a comical bobble-head of his favorite player is always appreciated. A reader? Subscribe to a few of his preferred magazines. A social butterfly deserves a night out, and restaurant gift certificates make planning easy. A poker player should get a personalized deck of cards. Adding a unique personalized element to any gift really impresses and makes it special.
Women are notoriously difficult to shop for. But the same rules apply to women as they do to men. Consider the little things she loves. Every woman loves a night out, but a gift certificate can feel cheap. Buy a bottle of wine and write a special note, and promise a perfect evening of her choosing in the future. If she loves to cook, personalized recipe cards will help her organize, and you are bound to benefit as well. Costume jewelry is very popular and inexpensive, and you can get a few items to mix and match.
Kids are easy. They love candy, small silly toys (even ones that cost a quarter from gumball-style machines are fun), action figures, and board games. Build a pillow and sheet fort for free and watch them play for hours.