Undoubtedly, Christmas can be one of the most celebrated yet equally stressful times of the year. First of all, consumers scramble their brains for great Christmas gift ideas followed by some frenzied Christmas shopping. Fortunately, Christmas planning and all that it entails does not have to be overly time consuming nor does it have to drain your bank account.
Christmas should be fun and a time enjoyed with family and friends while carving out precious memories to last forever. These days, many shoppers do most, if not all, of their Christmas shopping online. Although this certainly is one way to stay ahead of the game and out of the traffic, there are other things to consider.
Take advantage of boxing day sales
The day after Christmas is a great time to start Christmas planning for next year’s holiday season. Bargain hunters can usually find store items on sale for up to 75%. Also, start scouring the internet for online money-saving coupons.
Make a list and check it twice
Have a general idea of what your family and friends might like to have. Try to notice something they may need. Pay close attention to conversations where hints are dropped or a desire for a certain object is expressed. Sometimes Christmas gift ideas are subtly announced.
Save, save, save
Remember, right after Christmas you have all year until that time rolls around again. In other words, start budgeting and saving for those presents. By all means, gather and set aside all the loose change you find. Pennies add up to dollars and dollars mean money for gifts. Also, keep an eye out for various sales throughout the year.
Make your own gifts
Begin collecting craft ideas. Often homemade gifts such as something handmade or baked goods are more heartfelt and cherished than anything store bought. Instead of purchasing expensive wrapping paper or gift bags, use plain brown paper bags which can be bought in bundles. Take a single or two-hole punch to loop a piece of raffia grass or festive ribbon through it to close and decorate the bag.
Stock-up on gift cards
When all else fails, present loved ones with a gift card. People appreciate having a card to use as they see fit. Gift cards can come in handy during times of need and you don’t have to worry about taking something back to the store because it did not fit or was the wrong color.