I am not the best when it comes to gift-giving and gift-shopping. Unfortunately I am caught up in a crowd of siblings, friends, and relatives who always find the perfect gift, whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, get-well-soon, or simply a spontaneous gift. Naturally I the pressure is on every Christmas season. Not only do I want to find the perfect gift for everyone, but I also have to take my limited budget into account.
While I am no gift-giving expert, here are a few creative and budget-friendly tips I have picked up in the last few years that might help you if you are suffering from gift shopping block (it’s like writer’s block only for gift-givers).
1. Custom-Made Gifts. Do you like to knit? Crochet? Sew? Whittle? Bake? Whatever your specialty is, utilize it to give custom-made gifts this Christmas. Handcrafted gifts are the best because they take time and unique skill to make. Even something as simple as a handmade card or handwritten letter is especially meaningful.
2. Give What You Already Have. Shopping stresses me out because there are simply Too. Many. Options. Before you hit the mall, take stock of what you already have and see if you have anything stashed in the closet or the bookshelf that one of your friends or relatives would be interested in. I for one know younger sisters always appreciate hand-me-downs, especially in the form of pretty dresses and jewelry.
3. Explore Antique Malls & Resale Shops. If you are looking for a unique gift that is friendly to your budget, go and explore an antique mall or a resale shop! Antique malls are also a fantastic place to find gifts for your friends who have unique tastes *cough*hipsters*cough*.
4. Give Your Time. Instead of stuff, give someone your service or an experience you can share together. These kinds of gifts are probably my favorite to give and receive. You can’t put a price tag on service and shared memories!
- Tickets to a concert, movie, musical, ballet...whatever your taste!
- Coupons for household chores, meal preparations, and back-rubs (my mother always loves this)
- A project / craft you can work on together
- A board game or card game the whole family can have fun playing together
- Go caroling together, bake Christmas cookies, watch all your favorite Christmas movies together, and spread the love this Christmas!
What are some gift-giving tips you have? Does Christmas shopping stress you out? I would love to hear your ideas! And believe me...I need all the help I can get.