Okay, it’s crunchtime. Finals are wrapping up and now you have to shift gears into holiday-mode. Every year, it seems to sneak up on some of us and we scramble up to the last hour to find thoughtful gifts for our friends and loved ones….
As someone who rather enjoys the process of gift-giving, I thought I’d pass on a few more tips to add to what Trang already shared on finding the perfect gift FAST without breaking the bank.
- Give an experiential gift—something that can’t be wrapped but you can spend time with this person doing something new together. For example, share a cooking lesson with your mom, a ball game with your dad, a massage with your sister, a flying lesson with your brother. With life being so hectic, this memorable time spent together might be more valuable to its recipient than many tangible gifts they might receive. These tend to be on the pricy side. Don’t forget to inquire about student discounts. Totally work that! Also, all the daily deal sites make giving this kind of gift that much more affordable. Make sure you read the fine print though and ensure the deals are not terribly restricted or expire faster than you can spend them.
- Cyber Sales! It’s true Cyber Monday has come and gone. But there are still tons of great deals out there online with free or inexpensive shipping—especially today since it’s Free Shipping Day! If you still have a long shopping list to get through, your time may be best spent at a café and knocking out all the gift purchases in one sitting. Sure beats circling for parking at the mall and waiting in crowded lines! Many big department stores, bookstores, electronic stores have policies where you can return the stuff you purchased online at the store down the street. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeesy.
- DIY. When in doubt, give something you’ve made from your heart! Dedicate a random Saturday to baking up a storm—cookies galore have never disappointed. Or, if you happen to be low on cash and particularly creative, think about what you have around the house that you can repurpose into something clever. Maybe you have a relative who is an amazing cook? How about saving well-designed coffee or tea canisters and turning them into planters for herbs or small plants. It’s not only great for your budget, but fabulously eco-conscious. Win-Win!
Well, that’s about all I got for now. Maybe by next year, I’ll come up with some new ways to make your VIPs smile. Since I love giving and receiving gifts all year long, please share your own clever gift-giving tips.
Happy Holidays, my lovelies and Cheers!!