Hello! Welcome Back! I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend, are you doing anything festive? I’m going to be finishing up my Christmas shopping which kind of has me stressed out. Like some of you, blogging isn’t my full time job…heck I wouldn’t even call it a part time job in the sense of income. Which means, I do have a full time day job. It’s in retail, so I get paid hourly which yup, you guest it doesn’t leave me rolling in endless amounts of cash. Especially not this holiday season, I get paid biweekly and my next check hits… the day AFTER Christmas which doesn’t do me much good. So I’ve had to become pretty resourceful on how to afford everyone’s gift while still having enough to pay bills and daily living. Which is why I wanted to share with you my tips on how to get everyone on your list exactly what they want without breaking the bank.
Write Out a Budget
For me, giving gifts is something I love to do. I absolutely love spoiling my friends because gift giving is my love language. It’s how I show them that I care about them and appreciate them, so it’s important that I get them something they’ll absolutely love and something that will make them feel spoiled. Hopefully by now none of us are strangers to budgeting for our daily life without Christmas being thrown into the mix so this tip won’t be some foreign idea. However if it is and you’re low on money budgeting out your Christmas presents is really helpful. Write out each person you have to buy a gift for, then write out how much you want to spend on them. I like to over budget so I’ll write down the maximum of how much I’ll spend on them. This way you’ll have some wiggle room if you see last minute small gifts or you have unexpected expenses in your personal life. Once I write out how much I want to spend on everyone I like to add it up and subtract that from what’s currently in my bank account so I know how much I have for everyday things like gas for my car, food and bills. I like to do this before I buy any gifts so that I can adjust it if I find that my gift ideas don’t work in my budget.
When you’re on a budget, gift sets are going to be the best thing to buy. This allows you to get the person on your list multiple things for one lump sum. For example, one of my friends wants an eye cream for Christmas, so I got her a gift set from a luxury brand that has a full size eye cream and then travel size day & night moisturizer. This way she gets what she wants and feels spoiled but I also make it worth my money because she will get more than just the one item. This time of year you can find so many gift sets that will have a great overall value to them. Whether it’s coffee gift sets or cosmetics you are bound to find great deals to spoil your love ones without sending you into massive debt.
Like I mentioned earlier, gift giving is how I let people especially my friends know that I love them. So I always like them to have one big gift and than some little things to open as well. Stocking stuffer’s are great for this. I like to buy travel size items for my friends so that they have a bunch of little things to open and it looks like they got a lot for without having to spend a lot. My friends are always coming to me for beauty advice so I take full advantage of the questions they ask me around Christmas. If one of them is struggling with dry hair, I’ll get them single packet hair masks. If they’re struggling with dry skin, I’ll get them a couple of sheet masks. Small things that they can try and enjoy. One thing I did for a friend a few years back was buy some 99 cent travel jars and fill them with some of my favorite products that I already owned. I gave her some of my favorite lotion, some of my favorite hair mask, some of my favorite body scrub…enough of each product for her to have a really lovely pamper night and feel special and I didn’t even have to spend 10 dollars.
As I wrap this post up (pun very much intended) I do want to stress that Christmas isn’t about the gifts and if one of your friends makes you feel like it is when they know you’re struggling with money…you need a new friend. You should never feel like you have to buy someone something BUT buying the people you love something that you know they wouldn’t buy themselves is always nice. There are so many different things that you can do to ensure they have a great present to open at Christmas without putting your daily expenses at risk. What do you do to save some money when it comes to buying Christmas gifts? Let me know down in the comments! Thanks for stopping by…until next time
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